Learning about learning: ELLA's window into the developing social mind.
Here at the Early Learning Lab, School of Psychology, University of Auckland (also known as ELLA), we are interested in finding out more about the development of cooperation in infants and young children (up to 5 years old).
Cooperation is particularly important because it is fundamental to the success of human societies. Through cooperative behaviour we are able to: build and maintain healthy relationships with others, transfer knowledge, and create more harmonious communities. By studying cooperation in early childhood, we are learning about the foundations of cooperation.
Through our work we will be able to answer questions about: why some people are more cooperative than others, how we can foster cooperative competence early in development, whether we prefer cooperative and fair people from early in childhood, and how we become good at cooperating in our actions as well as through spoken language, just to name a few. We answer these questions by designing game-like activities that tell us about children's development.
We are looking for parents, caregivers, and their children to join us on our journey to discover just how much babies and young children know about the world. Please contact us to find out more about ELLA and to help us to learn more about the developing the social mind!
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