FROM INFANCY TO CHILDHOOD
Using reproducible & open methods to study child development
A LITTLE ABOUT ME
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I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in the CoGDeV Lab at the University of Surrey on a project with Emily Farran and Camilla Gilmore. We are studying the relationship between Lego construction ability, spatial thinking, and numeracy achievement.
I'm passionate about methods for studying development, and how we can do better, more transparent, reproducible, and diverse science.
I spend my time between Surrey (where I work), London (where I live), and Preston (where my wife lives). So, the best place to find me is on a train. I enjoy walking in nature, watching trashy TV, and cooking.
I am committed to open science practices.
My work includes pre-registered replication studies, open data
and materials, reproducible analyses in R, and Bayes Factor Analysis of null results.
I am happy to be invited to give talks and/or training on open science practices and reproducibility, either in psychology in general or issues specific to developmental psychology. I have previously ran workshops on open science at Lancaster University and Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, and all materials from these are openly available.
SILVERSTEIN, P., WESTERMANN, G., PARISE, E., & TWOMEY, K. (2019). DO INFANTS LEARNTO FOLLOW GAZE THROUGH REINFORCEMENT LEARNING? TESTING A ROBOT PREDICTION.PROCEEDINGS OF 2019 JOINT IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING AND EPIGENETIC ROBOTICS (ICDL-EPIROB)
ICDL-EPIROB 2019, OSLO, NORWAY; LANCASTER CONFERENCE ON INFANT AND EARLY CHILD DEVELOPMENT 2019, LANCASTER UK
Talk on "Do infants learn to follow gaze through reinforcement learning? Testing a robot prediction."
INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
LUCID 2018, LIVERPOOL UK
Talk on "Probing Communication-Induced Memory Biases in Preverbal Infants"
THE INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF INFANT STUDIES 2018, PHILADELPHIA USA
Two posters presented on "Probing Communication-Induced Memory Biases in Preverbal Infants: Two Replication Attempts of Yoon, Johnson and Csibra (2008)" and "Action complexity affects transmission of information in two-year-old children."
LANCASTER UNIVERSITY PERSPECTIVE TAKING WORKSHOP, LANCASTER UK
Invited talk on "The Role of Perspective Taking in Communication-Induced Memory Biases in Preverbal Infants"
BUDAPEST CEU CONFERENCE ON COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT 2018, BUDAPEST HUNGARY
Poster presented on "Pedagogical cues and action complexity modulate transmission of information in two-year-old children"
LANCASTER CONFERENCE ON INFANT AND EARLY CHILD DEVELOPMENT 2017, LANCASTER UK
Early career poster presented on "The role of ostensive and referential cues in infant object memory"