Adolescent social cognition development
Dr. Andrew Scott Baron, lab director
Dr. Baron is the director of the UBC Social Cognitive Development Lab and the Living Lab at Science World at TELUS World of Science in Vancouver. Under his direction these labs explore the development of social cognition in infants, preschoolers and adolescents. A principal aim of this work is to understand the cognitive and cultural origins of social categorization including intergroup preferences and stereotypes at both an implicit and explicit level of representation. At the Living Lab there is an additional emphasis on educational outreach as researchers and museum visitors interact daily, providing a platform for parents to ask questions about cognitive development while creating a transparent window into the process by which scientists study child development. Additional information about Dr. Baron can be found on his academic website.
Anthea Pun, graduate student in Psychology at UBC
Anthea completed her BSc in Biology at the University of British Columbia in 2010. She joins the lab as a graduate student in the Developmental Psychology program in the fall of 2013. Her primary research interests include understanding the social and cognitive processes underlying intergroup cognition in early development. Currently, her work explores social categorization and intergroup evaluation in infants and young toddlers, which she hopes will lead to a better understanding of the core structures and mechanisms that underlie stereotyping and intergroup prejudice. Anthea works in the Living Lab at Science World.
Kristina is currently a fourth year undergraduate student at UBC majoring in psychology. In the future she would like to pursue graduate studies in cognitive psychology with a focus on the development of cognition from infancy to early adolescence. Kristina works in the Living Lab at Science World.
Sophia Bobovski is a 4th year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology. Her primary interests lie in abnormal child development. For her graduate years, she hopes to pursue psychiatry and apply her interests in her career. Sophia works in the Living Lab at Science World.
Pauline is a third year undergraduate student at UBC. She is majoring in Psychology. She joined the Social Cognitive Development lab in February 2011. Her current research interests include the development of intergroup cognition in children. Pauline works in the Living Lab at Science World.
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