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Featured Researcher - Thomas Suddendorf

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

Thomas Suddendorf

How did you get into psychology?

After completing my German civil service as an ambulance man I decided to backpack around South East Asia, and casually picked Psychology to study upon my return. Little did I know what lay ahead.

What do you think makes a good psychology researcher?

Curiosity, attention to detail and a sense for the essential come in handy.

What are you researching at the moment?

I am writing a popular science book provisionally called “The Gap: The Making of Our Peculiar Minds” (Basic Books, 2013), in which I try to explain what exactly makes human minds different from any others, and how this difference arose.

Most of my research has some relevance to this topic. Current projects examine the nature of neonatal imitation, the development of foresight, and problem solving capacities in children, apes and other animals.

Tell us something that people might be interested to know about you?

To keep my sanity, I kick balls. I am a passionate football player, coach and supporter.

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