School of Psychology - Directory - People - Karri Neldner

Karri Neldner
  – PhD candidate, tutor and research assistant

My research interests lie broadly within the fields of developmental and comparative psychology. I am interested in examining how young children’s minds develop, and how this development is similar, or different, to that of our closest primate relatives’ minds, such as the chimpanzee. I also have a keen interest in cross-cultural psychology, which examines how an individual’s cultural upbringing might influence how their mind might develop. My PhD specifically examines children’s and chimpanzees' ability to innovate with tools, and the creativity and flexibility associated with creating new tools to solve novel problems. I also examine how children from different cultures across the world solve these tool-use problems, to see how much of an influence culture can have on how a child learns to think about and use tools in their everyday life. I am also involved in the 'Wonder of Science' Program 2017 as a Youth Ambassador. This program brings enquiry-based learning and science communication to schools in Queensland.
+617 3365 4466
Postal Address:
School of Psychology
McElwain Building
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072

Course Tutor:
  • Semester 2, 2017
    PSYC3282 - Developmental Perspectives on the Origins of Human Culture
  • Semester 1, 2014
    PSYC3282 - Developmental Perspectives on the Origins of Human Culture
  • Semester 2, 2014
    PSYC2030 - Developmental Psychology

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

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