Marina Bazhydai

PhD student, Associate Lecturer

Research Overview

As a Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholar in the Interdisciplinary Research on Infant Development programme, I am investigating the developmental precursors of social communication and knowledge transmission in early childhood. In one project, I am specifically interested in infants’ active use of communicative cues (such as social referencing and pointing) to seek information from others in situations of uncertainty and unequal distribution of knowledge. In another project, I am studying how young children learn new information through independent exploration and trust in others' testimony and what information they choose to transmit to an ignorant social partner. I plan to apply both behavioural and neuroimaging methodology to study these questions.

My interest in these topics has grown out of my graduate coursework in the Human Development and Psychology Master's Programme at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M., Advisor: Paul L. Harris) and research experience at the Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies (P.I. Elizabeth Spelke) and Social Cognitive Development Lab at Yale University (P.I. Yarrow Durham).

Pedagogical cues and action complexity modulate transmission of information in two-year-old children
Bazhydai, M., Silverstein, P., Westermann, G., Parise, E. 5/01/2018

Creativity in the domain of emotions
Ivcevic, Z., Bazhydai, M., Hoffmann, J., Brackett, M. 09/2017 In: Cambridge Handbook of Creativity Across Different Domains. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press p. 525-549. 25 p. ISBN: 9781107526662.

Do young children test counter-intuitive claims?
Bazhydai, M., Ronfard, S., Harris, P. 01/2017

Intended persistence: Comparing academic and creative challenges in high school
Hoffmann, J., Ivcevic, Z., Zamora, G., Bazhydai, M., Brackett, M. 12/2016 In: Social Psychology of Education. 19, 4, p. 793-814. 22 p.
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Teaching emotion and creativity skills through art: A workshop for children
Ebert, M., Hoffmann, J., Ivcevic, Z., Phan, C., Brackett, M. 10/2015 In: International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving. 25, 2, p. 23-35. 13 p.
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Effects of a classroom-based yoga intervention on cortisol and behavior in second- and third-grade students: A pilot study
Butzer, B., Day, D., Potts, A., Coulombe, S., Ryan, C., Davies, B., Weidknecht, K., Ebert, M., Flynn, L., Khalsa, S.B. 1/01/2015 In: Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 20, 1, p. 41-49. 10 p.
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Creativity, emotion and art: Development and initial evaluation of a workshop for professional adults
Ebert, M., Hoffmann, J., Ivcevic, Z., Phan, C., Brackett, M. 2015 In: International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving. 25, 2, p. 47-59. 13 p.
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Job-related stress and depression in orphanage and preschool caregivers in Ukraine
Raskin, M., Kotake, C., Easterbrooks, A., Ebert, M., Miller, L. 2015 In: Journal of Research in Childhood Education. 29, 1, p. 130-145. 16 p.
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School-based yoga programs in the United States: a survey
Butzer, B., Ebert, M., Telles, S., Khalsa, S.B. 2015 In: Advances. 29, 4, p. 18-26. 9 p.
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