Subproject 1 of The Developing Communicator (DEVCOM) investigates how components of young children’s language production such as lexical innovation (i.e. their ability to innovate neologisms), as correlated with executive functions (e.g. relational and working memory, cognitive flexibility), link up with how they negotiate the sense conventions of their social-linguistic environments (i.e. how they come to correctly infer non-literal meaning from figurative language). Through experimental research using eye-tracking technology with typically developing children from 2-7 years of age, and within a longitudinal design, the project aims to map out a timeline for the development of this pragmatic ability in early childhood.
As a researcher, I enjoy working with interdisciplinary approaches that embrace the conceptual mapping and testing of theories across multiple domains and fields of knowledge. I am generally inspired by embodied models of social cognition, the development of relational knowledge as influenced by the social environment and how these models may help to improve our understanding of social phenomena as they are studied today.
PhD Social Psychology/Social Cognitive Development, University of Oslo, Norway (2016- )
2014 MPhil Psychoanalytic Studies, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
2011 BA Computer Science, Linguistics & French, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland