My research interests lie within the fields of developmental, cross-cultural and comparative psychology. I am interested in problem-solving, social learning and teaching across animal taxa, including humans. I apply cross-cultural approaches to my research to understand how children’s problem solving and learning strategies are influenced by their sociocultural environment.
My PhD examined children's and chimpanzees' ability to innovate with tools, and the flexibility required to solve novel problems using tools. My postdoctoral research will focus on children’s active role within learning and teaching contexts, with the aim of gaining further insights into the mechanistic motivations behind children’s early learning.
I am also interested in understanding how children perceive and value animals, and how they learn to think about animals within their cultural context.