What is your current research topic?
I am doing some research into facial mimicry in pre-schoolers. We know a fair bit about how adults mimic the facial expressions of others, as well as how this is influenced by the surrounding social context, but we don’t know that much about facial mimicry during development. I am interested in whether changing the social context in which kids encounter facial expressions influences how they mimic.
Why did you choose to pursue developmental psychology?
I am interested in this period of life because it is short, precious and important. I think children, and understanding children can teach us so much! I am interested in learning about how specific things begin and change, how developments in different domains fit together, and what it all means for the bigger picture of further development.
What is your favourite ice cream flavour?
There’s a place in Darlinghurst called RivaReno and they have a flavour called ‘The Alice’. It’s amazing.
If you could meet any celebrity who would it be?
What is your favourite Disney movie?
The Lion King