Marina BazhydaiPhD student, Associate Lecturer
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).
Bazhydai, M., Widen, S. C., & Dunham, Y. (in preparation). Development of emotion understanding in children: Dimensions vs. discrete emotions.
Bazhydai, M., Ivcevic, Z., Widen, S. C., & Brackett, M. A. (submitted). Breadth of emotion vocabulary in early adolescence. Imagination, Cognition, and Personality.
Ivcevic, Z., Bazhydai, M., Hoffmann, J., & Brackett, M. (2017). Creativity in the domain of emotions. In J. C. Kaufman, V. Glaveanu, & J. Baer (Eds), Cambridge Handbook of Creativity Across Different Domains. doi:10.1017/9781316274385
Hoffmann, J. D., Ivcevic, Z., Zamora, G., Bazhydai, M., & Brackett, M. (2016). Intended persistence: Comparing academic and creative challenges in high school. Social Psychology of Education, 19(4), 793-814.
Ebert, M., Hoffmann, J. D., Ivcevic, Z., Phan, C., & Brackett, M. (2015). Teaching emotion and creativity skills through art: A workshop for children. International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving, 25(2), 23-35.
Ebert, M., Hoffmann, J. D., Ivcevic, Z., Phan, C., & Brackett, M. (2015). Creativity, emotion and art: Development and initial evaluation of a workshop for professional adults. International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving, 25(2), 47-59.
Butzer, B., Ebert, M., Telles, S., & Khalsa, S. B. S. (2015). School-based yoga programs in the United States: A survey. Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, 29 (4), 18-26.
Butzer, B., Day, D., Potts, A., Ryan, C., Coulombe, S., Davies, B., Weidknecht, K., Ebert, M., Flynn, L., & Khalsa, S. B. S. (2015). Effects of a classroom-based yoga intervention on cortisol and behavior in second- and third-grade students: A pilot study. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 1, 41-49.
Raskin, M., Kotake, C., Ebert, M., Miller, L., & Easterbrooks, M.A. (2015). Job-related stress and depression in orphanage and preschool caregivers in Ukraine. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 29, 130-145.
Bazhydai, M., Westermann, G., & Parise, E. (2017, August). Information seeking and social referencing. Poster presented at the 2017 Lancaster International Conference on Infant and Early Child Development, Lancaster, UK.
Bazhydai, M., Ronfard, S., & Harris, P. L. (2017, January). Do young children test counter-intuitive claims? Poster presented at the 2017 Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development, Budapest, Hungary.
Ebert, M., Widen, S. C., & Dunham, Y. (2015, March). Introducing the Mood Meter as a two-dimensional scale of children’s understanding of emotion. Poster presented at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of theSociety for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.
Ebert, M., Ivcevic Pringle, Z., Widen, S. C., Linke, L., & Brackett, M. A. (2014, September). Breadth of emotion vocabulary in middle schoolers. Poster presented at the 2014 Yale Day of Data, New Haven, CT.
Butzer, B., Ebert, M., Telles, S., & Khalsa, S. B. S. (2014, September). Yoga in U.S. schools: An informal survey. Poster presented at the 2014 Symposium for Yoga Research, Boston, MA.
Ebert, M., Ivcevic Pringle, Z., Widen, S. C., Brackett, M. A., Linke, L., Hong, J. (2014, August).Emotion vocabulary in middle schoolers. Poster presented at the 2014 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Washington, DC.
Flynn, L., Ebert, M., Janelle, L. (2014, April). School-based yoga and mindfulness curriculum: Accessible, sustainable and far-reaching. Half-day pre-conference institute presented at 2014 Investigating and Integrating Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society 12th Annual International Scientific Conference for Clinicians, Researchers and Educators, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA.
Day, D., Potts, A., Butzer, B., Ebert, M. (2014, February). Effects of a classroom-based yoga and mindfulness intervention on physiological stress and perceived behavior in second and third grade students. Poster and research symposia talk presented at the 2014 Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth: Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, Education and Research Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
Vashchenko, M., Kotake, C., Ebert, M., Easterbrooks, M. A., & Miller, L. C. (2011, October). Predictors of depression in orphanage and preschool caregivers in Ukraine. Poster presented at the 2011 American Association of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, Boston, MA.
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy through completion of the Supporting Learning Programme at Lancaster University in 2016/17, recognition reference number PR130649
Graduate Teaching Assistant at Lancaster University
2017: Psychology 101; Psychology 102
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