Claire Prendergast

Postdoctoral Fellow - IFIKK
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Mobile phone +47 40584202
Visiting address Blindernveien 31 Georg Morgenstiernes hus 0313 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1020 Blindern 0315 Oslo

Academic interests

I am using visual world paradigms to study how young children interpret non-literal forms of language in context. I dynamically model their performance and gaze behaviour on experimental tasks across a developmental timeframe in which their orientation toward different features of information may help or hinder their interpretations.

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.


2021 PhD Social Psychology/Social Cognitive Development, University of Oslo, Norway 

2014 MPhil Psychoanalytic Studies, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

2011 BA Computer Science, Linguistics & French, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Tags: Social Psychology, Cultural and Community Psychology


  • Prendergast, Claire & Zambrana, Imac Maria (2021). Relational Needs and Belonging in Conditions of Social Exclusion: A Critical Discourse Analysis. Language, Discourse & Society (LD&S). ISSN 2239-4192. 9(2), p. 121–143. Full text in Research Archive
  • Prendergast, Claire Nicole & Schubert, Thomas (2020). Investigating Reflexive Responses to Explicit and Implicit Forms of Social Exclusion Using Immersive Virtual Environment Technology. Frontiers in Psychology. ISSN 1664-1078. 11. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.575783. Full text in Research Archive
  • Prendergast, Claire Nicole (2019). Infant Understanding of Different Forms of Social Exclusion. Brain Sciences. ISSN 2076-3425. 9(9). doi: 10.3390/brainsci9090227. Full text in Research Archive
  • Prendergast, Claire Nicole; Eftedal, Nikolai Haahjem; Ikonomeas, Alexander Gustav Fredriksen; Brun, Aurora; Huth, Håkon & Bredesen, Marit (2019). The Norwegian version of the five factor narcissism inventory for vulnerable narcissism and the grandiose narcissism subscale of indifference: Psychometric properties of the long‐ and short‐form versions. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. ISSN 0036-5564. 60(5), p. 492–500. doi: 10.1111/sjop.12569. Full text in Research Archive
  • Kunst, Jonas R.; Bailey, April; Prendergast, Claire Nicole & Gundersen, Aleksander (2018). Sexism, rape myths and feminist identification explain gender differences in attitudes toward the #metoo social media campaign in two countries. Media Psychology. ISSN 1521-3269. doi: 10.1080/15213269.2018.1532300.
  • Fitzpatrick, Marilyn; Henson, Alisha; Grumet, Robin; Poolokasinghman, Gauthamie; Foa, Clare & Comeau, Thea [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2016). Challenge, focus, inspiration and support: Processes of values clarification and congruence. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. ISSN 2212-1447. 5(1), p. 7–15. doi: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2016.02.001.
  • Prendergast, Claire Nicole (2016). In the intimacy of my “enaction”: Modeling kohut’s “bipolar self” as an autopoietic system: A dialectic approach to phenomenological research in contemporary psychoanalytic self psychology. Psychoanalytic Review. ISSN 0033-2836. 103(3), p. 317–339. doi: 10.1521/prev.2016.103.3.317.
  • O'Rourke, Breffni; Prendergast, Claire Nicole; Shi, Lijing; Smith, Bryan & Stickler, Ursula (2015). Eyetracking in CALL – present and future. In Gimeno Sanz, Ana María; Levy, Mike; Blin, Françoise & Barr, David (Ed.), WorldCALL: Sustainability and Computer-Assisted Language Learning. Bloomsbury Academic. ISSN 9781474248303.

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  • Prendergast, Claire & Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2022). Losing the thread: How 3- and 5-year-olds predict the outcome of a story when non-literal language is used to update events. .
  • Prendergast, Claire Nicole & Thomsen, Lotte (2017). ‘Selvations’ in Social Motivation . Social justice research. ISSN 0885-7466. 30(3), p. 1–8. doi: 10.1007/s11211-017-0289-y.

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