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Links between social learning and creativity in toddlers

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    Dr E Hoicka
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
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Project Description

Theoretical models have considered that both social transmission and innovation are important for cultural evolution. Over the past two decades there has been ample work on social transmission, specifically imitation, in toddlers and young children. However there has been relatively little work on innovation. My lab has recently developed a new tool to measure innovation (specifically divergent thinking) in infants as young as 13 months (Hoicka, Bijvoet-van den Berg, Carberry, & Kerr, 2013). A question remains as to whether social learning and innovation are completely distinct behaviours, or whether they interact. The purpose of this project is to examine the relationship between social learning and innovation

Funding Notes

This is one of many projects in competition for the current funding opportunities available within the Department of Psychology. Please see here for full details: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/psychology/prospectivepg/funding
Overseas students are welcome to apply for funding but must be able to demonstrate that they can fund the difference in the tuition fees.
Requirements: We ask for a minimum of a first class or high upper second-class undergraduate honours degree and a distinction or high merit at Masters level in psychology or a related discipline.

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