Principal Investigators

Dr Amanda SeedDr Amanda Seed

Amanda is a Lecturer in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience and aims to address the evolutionary origins of conceptual thought and causal knowledge by combining developmental and comparative studies of physical problem-solving.


Dr Juan Carlos GomezDr Juan-Carlos Gómez

Juan is a Reader in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience who conducts research on the development of prelinguistic communication and early theories of mind in human infants and in great apes and monkeys.

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Erin is a lecturer whose research interests focus on social learning, cross cultural influences and traditions. She studies the development of social learning capacities  in children.


Dr James AingeDr James Ainge

James is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience who studies episodic and spatial memory from both neuroscientific and developmental perspectives.


Prof Melinda CarpenterProf Malinda Carpenter

Malinda is a Professor in Developmental Psychology and studies infants’ and young children’s social behaviour and social-affiliative motivations.


Prof Josep CallProf Josep Call

Josep is a Professor in Evolutionary Origins of Mind who studies causal and inferential reasoning, tool-use, long-term memory and planning, gestural communication and mindreading in great apes and human children.


Postdoctoral Scholars

Dr Emily BurdettDr Emily Burdett

Emily is a postdoctoral scholar in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience, working with Professor Whiten on research examining the origins and development of social learning. Her research interests include the origins and transmission of cultural ideas, theory of mind, and the ways in which young children learn.


Postgraduate Students

Zeynep CivelekZeynep Civelek

Zeynep studies causal reasoning in children and non-human primates under the supervision of Amanda Seed.  She started her research with chimpanzees during her masters in St Andrews and is now planning to extend it as a comparative study.


Emmie BryantEmmie Bryant

Emmie is a PhD student jointly supervised by Amanda Seed and Jamie Ainge, studying the evolution and development of episodic cognition in children and non-human primates. She is particularly interested in developing techniques that can be used to draw near-direct comparisons in memory function across taxa and across the lifespan.


Eleanor Jordan

Eleanor is a PhD student with Amanda Seed, studying the evolution and development of curiosity and exploration in children and non-human primates. Initially she started working on causal reasoning in monkeys, but has now extended this to focus on comparative research into how an individual’s natural curiosity can lead to self-guided exploration and learning.


Hao (Lucy) Liu

Lucy is a PhD student co-supervised by Malinda Carpenter and Juan-Carlos Gómez , interested in infants’ and young children’s social cognition and communication. She is currently conducting research on the development of common ground reasoning and its relation to theory of mind.


Laras Yuniarto

Laras is a PhD student supervised by Juan-Carlos Gómez. She studies how implicit and explicit elements come together in children’s skill learning, focusing on the processes behind learning from one’s own past performance and making predictions about others’ skills.


Gideon Salter

Gideon is a PhD student supervised by Malinda Carpenter, interested in joint attention and communication. His research is looking at the ways in which the emergence of joint attention in infancy relates to early communication, and he is interested in examining how a clearer understanding of the development of these skills can inform theoretical approaches.


Baby and Child lab Coordinator

Geraldine BrownGeraldine Brown

Geraldine coordinates research carried out at the Baby and Child Lab, nurseries, primary schools and at other venues such as the Dundee Science Centre. She researches how self-regulation can enhance learning and develops research-based universal interventions for nurseries and schools.


Dr Sarah Gerson – School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Wales, UK.