Dr Jason Low
School of Psychology
Phone: 04 463 6721
Location: Room 507, Easterfield Building, Kelburn Pde, Kelburn Campus
BA (Hons), PhD University of Western Australia
Associate Editor of British Journal of Developmental Psychology (http://www.bpsjournals.co.uk/journals/bjdp/)
Theory of Mind Cognition; Comparative Cognition
The main focus of my current research is on the early development of our ability to ascribe complex mental states (especially beliefs) to predict other people’s behaviours (i.e., false-belief theory of mind understanding). Current projects examine: (1) the extent to which implicit (unconscious) false-belief tracking is sign-posted in children’s (and adults’) anticipatory looking responses; (2) how complex grammatical understanding and executive functioning underpin explicit representation of belief as such; (3) whether there are dissociations in looking and verbal responses over a range of belief-inducing tasks; and (4) signature limits on implicit theory of mind sensitivity. I have interests in the evolutionary basis of theory of mind and engage in collaborative research on comparative cognition (e.g., animals’ perceptual reasoning and their sensitivity to gaze and numerical information). I have also published research on how children’s knowledge and strategies become more manipulable and flexible over the course of development.
I am looking for new PhD students to join my lab in expanding research on children’s theory of mind development; prospective students interested in undertaking PhD research in this area are welcome to contact me.
- PSYC415: Early Cognitive Development (Course Coordinator)
- PSYC324: Child Development (Course Coordinator)
Current Postgraduate Supervision
- Bo Wang (PhD Student) – Implicit theory of mind in Mainland Chinese preschoolers.
- Alexis Garland (PhD Student) – Core knowledge in New Zealand robins (co-supervised with Dr Kevin Burns).
- Penny Tok (PhD Student) – Inner speech, executive function and theory of mind in ASD.
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