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Dr Erika Nurmsoo

Lecturer in Developmental Psychology
Athena Swan Lead

Dr Erika Nurmsoo


Research interests

My research explores children's cognitive and social development. In particular, I am interested in how children's developing social understanding supports their cognitive development, and vice versa. Recent questions I have investigated include:

  • How do children judge whether to believe information that another has told them? When asking questions, do children consider whether a source is likely to give good information?
  • What do young children choose to copy? Is there a special role for tools in children’s early imitation?
  • How do children understand drawings and other representations? Are they flexible, allowing an ambiguous drawing to represent multiple referents? What role does the artist's intent play in children's interpretation of symbols?
  • What do children understand about the eyes? Under what circumstances will they use another person's eye gaze to judge what that person likes, wants, or fears? Can they use gaze cues to identify friendships in others?

Key publications

  • Nurmsoo, E., Einav, S., & Hood, B.M. (2012). Best friends: children use mutual gaze to identify friendships in others. Developmental Science, 15, 417-425.
  • Nurmsoo, E., & Robinson, E. J. (2009). Children's trust in previously inaccurate informants who were well- or poorly- informed: When past errors can be excused. Child Development, 80, 23-27.
  • Nurmsoo, E., & Robinson, E. J. (2009). Identifying unreliable informants: Do children excuse past inaccuracy? Developmental Science, 12, 41-47.
  • Nurmsoo, E., & Bloom, P. (2008). Preschoolers' perspective-taking in word learning: Do they blindly follow eye gaze? Psychological Science, 19, 211-215.




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