Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.
I am broadly interested in understanding how children (and adults) learn about and understand emotional expressions. More specific lines of research focus on: how we integrate facial, postural, and vocal expression cues; our incorporation of situational information into emotion understanding; what role movement plays in expression recognition; how cultural information informs our understanding of others’ expressions; how children decide which expression movements to learn about.
I am happy to supervise students interested in developing new projects based on the topics above. I also have several projects in development, which students are welcome to adopt:
1) Children’s expression recognition (particularly this expression) and whether it is related to experiences of relational aggression/bullying in school-aged children.
2) Does the way we exaggerate expressions for children help them identify that movement as an expression? [eye-tracking study]
3) Can visual attention tell us how children integrate facial and postural expression cues? [eye-tracking study]
4) How do parents talk to children about concepts like ‘surprise’?
5) What information do spontaneous expressions of fear convey to others?
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