Marina Bazhydai

Lecturer in Psychology, PhD student

Research Overview

I am a developmental scientist investigating knowledge acquisition, transformation, and transmission across development. My research interests include infant curiosity and its effect on successful learning outcomes, developmental precursors to creativity, active information seeking and information giving in early childhood. I aim at understanding how young children learn new information through independent exploration and trust in others' testimony in situations of epistemic uncertainty, and what information they choose to transmit to their less knowledgeable social partners. I use behavioural, eye-tracking and physiological methods to investigate these questions. To take this line of work further, I intend to study the developmental trajectory of active information seeking in social learning, play, exploration, critical thinking, and creativity from infancy to adolescence.