Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science
My research focuses primarily on children's social cognitive development. In particular, I am interested in children's selective social learning. Much of children's and adults' knowledge about the… read more
My research focuses primarily on children's social cognitive development. In particular, I am interested in children's selective social learning. Much of children's and adults' knowledge about the world is acquired indirectly from other people, rather than from direct experience. Our ability to benefit from the knowledge of others confers obvious advantages, but carries the risk that we will believe false claims (e.g., mistakes, lies). In order to balance effectively the benefits and risks of receiving information from other people, we need to be able to evaluate the likely truth of that information. The overarching aim of my current research is to examine how children master this task so that they remain open to reliable new information while filtering out unreliable testimony, thus optimising the social learning process. Examining children's critical thinking regarding information they encounter online is a key focus of my current research
For more information see: Shiri Einav I am keen to hear from prospective PhD candidates who are interested in conducting a PhD in this area.
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