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Dr Kana Imuta
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Dr Kana Imuta
Kana commenced her postdoctoral fellowship in the School in 2013 and was appointed as a Lecturer in 2015. Her research area is in developmental psychology and, in particular, examines bilingualism and language acquisition, as well as the development of social competence in young children.
Email:
Phone:
3365 6805
Fax:
+61 7 3365 4466
Postal Address:
School of Psychology
McElwain Building
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072
Australia

Course Coordinator:
  • Semester 2, 2017
    PSYC1030 - Introduction to Psychology: Development, Social, and Clinical Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2016
    PSYC1030 - Introduction to Psychology: Development, Social, and Clinical Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2015
    PSYC4371 - Advanced Topics in Child Development
  • Semester 2, 2015
    PSYC1030 - Introduction to Psychology: Development, Social, and Clinical Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2014
    PSYC4371 - Advanced Topics in Child Development

Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.

Research Area:
Developmental Psychology
Synopsis:

In 2017, I will be supervising honours projects on the following two broad topics. I intend to have more than one student working on each topic, but with their own specific research question that we can develop together.

 

1) How do empathy and prosocial behaviour develop in infancy/toddlerhood?

Projects in this line of research will involve working with infants and toddlers between 6 and 24 months of age. You will be using a combination of eye-tracking to observe infants' looking behaviour in response to videos and behavioural tasks (e.g., do infants help pick up something that you've dropped?) to study their prosocial behaviour.

 

2) Does bilingualism affect development beyond language?

It is not surprising that being exposed to two languages influences how children learn languages, but recent findings suggest that the effects of bilingualism may extend to other areas of social-cognitive development. I am happy to discuss ideas in this line of research that involve working with infants, preschoolers, or early school-aged children. Additionally, I am interested in how parental attitudes/approaches may be related to the decision to raise a bilingual child.

 

I will be at the Honours Meet and Greet, but you're also welcome to email me (k.imuta@uq.edu.au) if you'd like to arrange a meeting to discuss anything.

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