Name of Researcher: Rohan Kapitany

Title of your study: The Development of Ritual

Age range of infants required for your study: Ages: 3 - 5 years old

Brief 1-2 sentences as to what your study is all about: We hope to determine at what point in development children begin to understand the cues signifying an object or ideas importance. Using ritual-like actions we hope to observe a pattern of systematic decision-making in children aged 3 and 5 years.

Any additional information about your study (e.g. bilingualism/autism diagnosis etc.)This study samples from a typical population. 

Name of Researcher: Siobhan Kennedy

Title of your study: Training Newborns to Imitate

Age range of infants required for your study: Ages: Newborns (i.e. pregnant mothers)

Brief 1-2 sentences as to what your study is all about: Previously, newborn imitation has been thought to be innate. However, research from our lab shows that only 50% of 1 week old infants will imitate an adult poking out her tongue. My project aims to establish whether parents can increase their newborn’s imitative responses through training.

Any additional information about your study (e.g. bilingualism/autism diagnosis etc.)Because the first test is one week after birth, we are looking for pregnant mothers to sign up to this study. All testing will occur during home visits.

Name of Researcher: Guillermo Ramirez

Title of your study: Children's Tool Reasoning

Age range of infants required for your study: Ages: 5 – 7 years old

Brief 1-2 sentences as to what your study is all about: In this study, I'm interested in children’s reasoning about malfunctioning tools (for example, a hammer that doesn’t bang in nails). Children will be told a story about a character who is trying to use a novel tool for its supposed function but fails. What children report will help us to understand how habits about tool use are learnt and maintained.

Any additional information about your study (e.g. bilingualism/autism diagnosis etc.)This study samples from a typical population. 

Name of Researcher: Carla Newcombe

Title of your study: Does morality influence learning? Selective imitation in young children.

Age range of infants required for your study: Ages: 4 year olds

Brief 1-2 sentences as to what your study is all about: Children imitate the behaviour of others to learn new skills and to affiliate.  Children are selective in who they choose to copy.  The aim of this current project is to investigate whether the moral character of others influences whom children select to imitate.

Any additional information about your study (e.g. bilingualism/autism diagnosis etc.)This study samples from a typical population. 

Name of Researcher: Dr Kana Imuta

Title of your study: Word Learning and Imitation in Young Children

Age range of infants required for your study: 3- to 4-year-olds

Brief 1-2 sentences as to what your study is all about:  As adults, we typically find it very difficult to learn to speak a new language, especially with native-like pronunciation. But for children, this seems to come rather naturally. In this study, we are investigating how children's willingness and ability to copy other people (i.e., imitation) may play a role in the acquisition of native-like pronunciation.

Any additional information about your study (e.g. bilingualism/autism diagnosis etc.): Both mono-linguals and multi-linguals are very much welcome!

 
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