LEARNING:
FROM INFANCY TO CHILDHOOD

Using reproducible & open methods to study child development

 

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

Click here to download my CV.

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.

 

OPEN SCIENCE

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.

 

MY RESEARCH

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PUBLICATIONS

SILVERSTEIN, P., GLIGA, T., WESTERMANN, G., & PARISE, E. (2019). PROBING
COMMUNICATION-INDUCED MEMORY BIASES IN PREVERBAL INFANTS: TWO REPLICATION
ATTEMPTS OF YOON, JOHNSON AND CSIBRA (2008). INFANT BEHAVIOR AND
DEVELOPMENT, 55
, 77-87.

SILVERSTEIN, P., WESTERMANN, G., PARISE, E., & TWOMEY, K. (2019). DO INFANTS LEARN
TO 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)

 

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

ICDL-EPIROB 2019, OSLO, NORWAY; LANCASTER CONFERENCE ON INFANT AND EARLY CHILD DEVELOPMENT 2019, LANCASTER UK

August 2019

Talk on "Do infants learn to follow gaze through reinforcement learning? Testing a robot prediction."

INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

March, 2019

LUCID 2018, LIVERPOOL UK

July 2018

Talk on "Probing Communication-Induced Memory Biases in Preverbal Infants"

THE INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF INFANT STUDIES 2018, PHILADELPHIA USA

July, 2018

LANCASTER UNIVERSITY PERSPECTIVE TAKING WORKSHOP, LANCASTER UK

June, 2018

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

January, 2018

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

September, 2017

Early career poster presented on "The role of ostensive and referential cues in infant object memory"

 

OUTREACH

Article for the Brain Domain, explaining how functional near-infrared spectroscopy can be used in infancy research.

Reflective paper for PsyPAG Quarterly, pages 42-43.

 
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