developmental science interest group

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Dr. Laura Cirelli

Dr. Laura Cirelli

PhD completed at: McMaster University

Supervisor: Sandra Trehub

Email: laura.cirelli@utoronto.ca

 

Research interests

I am interested in how engaging in musical activities can be a social and an emotional experience for infants. I am specifically interested in how infants direct prosociality toward musical partners, and how infant directed singing can influence the parent-infant relationship. I use behavioural and physiological methods to investigate the social-cognitive effects of musical engagement in infancy.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Katherine Tombeau Cost

Dr. Katherine Tombeau Cost

PhD completed at: Tulane University

Supervisor: Alison Fleming

Email: katherine.cost@utoronto.ca

Web: http://www.erin.toronto.edu/fleming-mum-lab/

 

Research interests

Dr. Cost is interested in how pregnancy and motherhood affect cognition, affect, and behavior.  Hormones, past experiences, current experiences, and genetics contribute differentially to observable measures of cognition, affect, and behavior.  Dr. Cost uses structural equation modeling to understand the relative contributions of biological and environmental variables in shaping mothers.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Xiaoqing Gao

Dr. Xiaoqing Gao

PhD completed at: McMaster University

Supervisor: Kang Lee

Email: Xiaoqing.gao@utoronto.ca

 

Research interests

My research program focuses on how children become adept at perceiving the world. It does so by elucidating the processes by which children come to be proficient in perceiving faces, which are arguably the most important stimuli for humans. I use behavioural and neuroimaging paradigms to investigate the development of those processes and the neural mechanisms underpinning them.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Ju-Hyun Song

Dr. Ju-Hyun Song

PhD completed at: University of Michigan

Supervisor: Tina Malti

Email: juhyun.song@utoronto.ca

Web: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/~utmmalti/index.html

 

Research interests

I am interested in understanding how children experience their social environments differently depending on their temperamental characteristics. Also, I study how affective characteristics (e.g., sympathy, sympathy) and cognitive characteristics (e.g., trust belief, theory-of-mind) develop hand-in-hand. My ultimate goal is to apply these developmental mechanisms in effectively screening child-level risks and strengths, and designing interventions for reducing antisocial behaviors and facilitating prosocial development in childhood.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Emma Tecwyn

Dr Emma Tecwyn

PhD completed at: University of Birmingham, UK

Supervisor: Daphna Buchsbaum

Email: emma.tecwyn@utoronto.ca

Web: http://emmatecwyn.weebly.com

 

Research interests

My research is in the related fields of cognitive development and comparative cognition. I am interested in the development and evolution of cognitive abilities; the overall goal of my research is to better understand the similarities and differences between human and nonhuman animal minds. To investigate this I present novel problem solving tasks to children of different ages and different species (nonhuman primates and domestic dogs).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 year old boy, illustration by Macarena Toro