Mary Beth Neff

Doctoral Research Fellow
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Visiting address Blindernveien 31 Georg Morgenstiernes hus 0313 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1020 Blindern 0315 Oslo

Academic interests

PhD Fellow on the DEVCOM project led by Ingrid Lossius Falkum. My research interests include pragmatics, theory of mind, and communicative development. My PhD broadly covers non-literal language acquisition in children.

I am also interested in Open Science. In my research I embrace the principles of open science , however am critical that the movement excludes those who do not have the resources to adapt to the ever-evolving initiatives.
I am particularly critical of the use of 'scale' as the leading criteria for what counts as important and publishable research ( as scalability can never be separated from resourcing privilege). I believe that to facilitate openness and diversity, we need to confront the scalability issue — not only by finding ways to scale but also by finding ways to support small scale research in a way that legitimizes it rather than relegates it.

Background (see CV ) 

Tags: Pragmatics, Theory of Mind, Developmental Psychology, Non-literal language, Psycholinguistics, Open Science

Publications

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Published June 24, 2021 1:09 PM - Last modified May 13, 2022 6:55 PM