I am interested in how children learn from everyday interactions with significant adults in their lives, such as their parents, teachers, and peers. My work has focused on parent-child conversations about emotions and how they influence children’s emotion understanding. Much of this work has examined gender differences on parent-child emotion talk and children’s emotion understanding. My second area of research is parent-child physical touch and how it influences children’s emotion understanding and emotion regulation.
I am currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow in a project examining children’s understanding of rejection based on status. This project is lead by Dr Harriet Tenenbaum. For more details of this project funded by the Leverhulme Foundation, please see Children’s Reasoning about Peer Rejection based on Status.