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    Group Photo 2013-2014The Early Experience Lab Research Team!

    The Early Experience Lab focuses on understanding the social, cognitive, and neurobiological underpinnings of young children’s language and theory-of-mind development.

    Our research team consists of Dr. Mark Sabbagh and a group of graduate and undergraduate students, a lab coordinator and research assistants.

    Principle Investigator

    Mark Sabbagh

     

    Dr. Mark Sabbagh

    Professor


    Mark completed an undergraduate degree at UC Santa Cruz (1993), graduate work at University of Oregon (1998), and his postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan (2000).

     

    Click here for Mark Sabbagh’s CV


    Jeannette Benson

     

    Jeannette Benson

    PhD 7


    Jen is from Toronto, Ontario and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo. She studies the relation between executive functioning and children’s developing theory-of-mind.

     

    Click here for Jeannette Benson’s CV, publications, and research interests.

    Benson, J. E., Sabbagh, M.A., Carlson, S. M., & Zelazo, P. D. (submitted). Individual differences in executive functioning predict preschoolers’ improvement from theory-of-mind training. Developmental Psychology.

     

    Sabbagh, M., Benson, J. E., & Kuhlmeier, V. A. (in press). False belief understanding in preschoolers and infants. In M. Legerstee, D. Haley, and M. Bornstein (Eds.)The Developing Infant Mind: Integrating Biology and Experience. Guilford Press.

     

    Sabbagh, M. A., Hopkins, S. F. R., Benson, J. E., & Flanagan, J. R. (2010).

    Conceptual change and preschoolers’ theory of mind: Evidence from load-force adaptation. Neural Networks.

     

    Benson, J. E., & Sabbagh, M. A. (2009). Theory of mind and executive functioning: A developmental neuropsychological approach. In P. D. Zelazo (Ed.), M. Chandler, & E. Crone, Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience. Psychology Press: New York.


    Nicole Bardikoff

     

    Nicole Bardikoff
    PhD 1


    Nicole is from Toronto, Ontario. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at McGill University, and her Master’s in the Psychology of Individual Differences at the University of Edinburgh. Nicole is in the first year of her PhD in Developmental Psychology, and is interested in studying the development of theory of mind and its relationship with executive functioning in typical and atypical populations. 


    Samantha Drover

     

    Samantha Drover
    MSc 2


    Samantha is from Kingston, Ontario. She completed her undergraduate Honours degree in Psychology at Queen’s University. Samantha is in her second year as a Master’s student in Developmental Psychology, and is interested in studying the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying theory of mind development using ERP technology.


    Martha Bailey

     

    Martha Bailey
    MSc 2

     

    Martha lives in Kingston, Ontario. She completed her LLB at the University of Toronto, her LLM at Queen’s University, and her DPhil from Oxford University. Martha is in the second year of the MSc program in Neuroscience Studies. She is interested in studying the neurobiology of adolescent attachment.


    Haykaz Mangardich

     

    Haykaz Mangardich
    MSc 1

     

    Haykaz is from Toronto, Ontario. He completed an undergraduate Honors Degree in Psychology at York University. Haykaz is in his first year of graduate studies working towards a Master’s specializing in Developmental Psychology and is interested in investigating the cognitive underpinnings of word learning.


    Vanessa Schell

     

    Vanessa Schell
    MSc 1

     

    Vanessa is from Calgary, Alberta and completed her undergraduate degree in honours  at University of Calgary. Vanessa is starting her first year as a masters student in the Clinical Psychology program. Her research interests are children's selective learning biases in language acquisition.


    Elizabeth McEwen

     

    Elizabeth McEwen,
    Undergraduate Honours Student

     

    Elizabeth is from Toronto, Ontario. She is currently in the final year of her undergraduate degree at Queen's, completing her Honours Thesis. Elizabeth is interested in the factors related to theory-of-mind development, specifically executive functioning and relevant experience.


    Lab Coordinator
    Samantha Drover

     

    Samantha Drover

     

    In addition to her Master’s research (please see above), Samantha manages the Early Experience Lab and trains lab members on a variety of research skills, including EEG data collection and processing.


     

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