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 use behavioural, head-mounted eye-tracking and physiological methods to investigate these questions.

I hold a Master's degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. and an M.A. from Belarus State University. Before coming to Lancaster, I did research at the Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies (Spelke lab), Social Cognitive Development Lab at Yale University, and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.