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Cognitive Development: reasoning and problem solving


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University of Manchester
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School of Psychology
Dr S R Beck
Applications accepted all year round
Self-Funded PhD Students Only

My research examines children’s and adults’ reasoning and problem solving, particularly in the domains of time and physical cognition.
In my work on counterfactual thinking and metacognition I conduct experimental studies exploring children’s handling of uncertainty and hypothetical thinking. I also investigate how adults’ apparently sophisticated thinking in these areas is often irrational. My work on children’s tool-making is identifying new ways in which we can think about problem solving and innovation.
I am interested in supervising PhD students who share these interests.
More information about work in my lab can be found here
http:\\psychology-people.bham.ac.uk\people\Sarah.Beck


Funding Notes:

Competitive funds are occasionally available for excellent students through the university.


References:

Weisberg, D.P. & Beck, S.R. (2012). The development of children’s regret and relief. Cognition & Emotion, 26, 820-935.
Beck, S.R., Carroll, D.J., Brunsdon, V.E.A., & Gryg, C.K. (2011). Supporting children's counterfactual thinking with alternative modes of responding. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 108, 190 - 202.
Beck, S.R., Apperly, I.A., Chappell, J., Guthrie, C., & Cutting, N. (2011). Making tools isn’t child’s play. Cognition, 119, 301-306.




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