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About the Early Cognitive Development Centre

Who are we?

We are a research centre at The University of Queensland devoted to understanding how babies, toddlers and young children understand the world around them. We are always in need of participants (newborn to 5 years old). Our studies are conducted at The University of Queensland in the Early Cognitive Development Centre (ECDC).

What do we do?

At the ECDC, children participate in activities and games that are designed to reveal new facts about how they understand the world. Sometimes our participants watch specially-made videos, other times they engage in interactive games involving hide-and-seek, imitation or problem-solving. While at the Centre, parents stay with their children throughout. Each child receives a small gift and a certificate for participating and parents receive bi-annual newsletters outlining key findings from our studies.

Who benefits?

The research that we do contributes to a richer and more detailed understanding of child development. It also helps informs professionals who work with children, including those with disabilities. Honours and postgraduate students earn research degrees while working in the ECDC. Finally, families who visit the Centre enjoy a unique and stimulating experience, and learn more about themselves and others along the way.

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Contact the Early Cognitive Development Centre

Phone:
+61 7 3365 6323
Fax:
+61 7 3365 4466
Location
McElwain Building
Postal Address:

Early Cognitive Development Unit
The School of Psychology
The University of Queensland
Brisbane QLD 4072
Australia

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Webpage:

Early Cognitive Development Centre Staff

Picture of 'Dr Kana Imuta'
Phone:
3365 6805
Email:
Picture of 'Dr. Nicole Nelson'
Room:
McElwain 333
Phone:
+61 7 3365 6427
Email:
Picture of 'Associate Professor Mark Nielsen'
Room:
MC-413
Phone:
+61 7 3365 6414
Email:
Picture of 'Professor Virginia Slaughter'
Room:
MC-335
Phone:
+61 7 3365 6220
Email:
Picture of 'Professor Thomas Suddendorf'
Room:
MC-455
Phone:
+61 7 3365 8341
Email:

Publications from the Early Cognitive Development Centre

The persistent sampling bias in developmental psychology: A call to action

Authors:
Nielsen, M., Haun, D., Kärtner, J., & Legare, C.
Journal:
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 162, 31-38 (2017)

Are Yawns really Contagious? A Critique and Quantification of Yawn Contagion

Authors:
Kapitány, R., & Nielsen, M.
Journal:
Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology

Imitation, Collaboration, and Their Interaction Among Western and Indigenous Australian Preschool Children

Authors:
Nielsen, M., Mushin, I., Tomaselli, K., & Whiten, A.
Journal:
Child Development, 87, 795-806

Comprehensive longitudinal study challenges the existence of neonatal imitation in humans

Authors:
Oostenbroek, J., Suddendorf, T., Nielsen, M., Redshaw, J., Kennedy, S., Davis, J., Clark, S., & Slaughter, V.
Journal:
Current Biology.

Dissociating memory traces and scenario construction in mental time travel

Authors:
Cheng, S., Wering, M., & Suddendorf, T.
Journal:
Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 60, 82-89

Imitation and Innovation: The Dual Engines of Cultural Learning

Authors:
Legare, C. H., & Nielsen, M.
Journal:
Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19, 688-699

Adopting the ritual stance: The role of opacity and context in ritual and everyday actions

Authors:
Kapitány, R., & Nielsen, M.
Journal:
Cognition, 145, 13-29 (2015): doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2015.08.002

Before Cumulative Culture: The Evolutionary Origins of Overimitation and Shared Intentionality

Authors:
Shipton, C. & Nielsen, M.
Journal:
Human Nature, published online (July, 2015) doi:10.1007/s12110-015-9233-8

Children with autism spectrum disorders are skilled at reading emotion body language

Authors:
Peterson, C., Slaughter, V., & Brownell, C.
Journal:
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 139, 35-50.

The perpetuation of ritualistic actions as revealed by young children's transmission of normative behavior

Authors:
Nielsen, M., Kapitány, R., & Elkins, R.
Journal:
Evolution and Human Behavior, 36, 191-198.

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Featured Researchers at the Early Cognitive Development Centre

Nicole Nelson

Nicole Nelson

Dr Nelson researches how children (and adults) understand emotional expressions
Kana Imuta

Kana Imuta

Dr Kana Imuta investigates how young children acquire numerical knowledge and maths skills
Thomas Suddendorf

Thomas Suddendorf

Professor Thomas Suddendorf looks what separates the human mind from that of animals
Mark Nielsen

Mark Nielsen

Dr Mark Nielsen is interested in the evolution of human culture
Virginia Slaughter

Virginia Slaughter

Professor Virginia Slaughter tries to see the world through babies’ eyes.
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