Hello! I am a Lecturer in Psychology at Birmingham City University.
I'm interested in the development and evolution of cognitive abilities implicated in problem solving, so my research spans the fields of cognitive development and comparative cognition. I'm particiularly interested in causal and social reasoning, as well as how individuals integrate different sources of information in decision making. I have studied these and other cognitive capacities (e.g., the ability to reason about probablities and informant accuracy) in a range of populations, including children, adults, non-human apes, capuchin monkeys, and domestic dogs.
Prior to joining BCU in 2019, I held three postdoctoral positions: one at Cardiff University (2017-2019), on a Leverhulme-funded project investigating the relationship between time and causality in cognitive development; one at the University of Toronto (2014-2017) where I researched physical-causal reasoning in dogs and toddlers; and one at the University of St Andrews, on an ESRC-funded project investigating the origins of causal and social reasoning (2013-2014). I obtained my PhD from University of Birmingham in 2014, where I studied the ability of great apes and children to plan their actions in physical problem solving tasks.
I currently lead an optional level 6 module on language & communication, and the dissertation module for the online MSc conversion course. I also contribute to a core level 5 module on cognitive psychology, as well as supervising UG and PG dissertation projects.