A magazine for early-career social learning and cultural evolution researchers
Kirsten Blakey is a third year PhD student in the RATCHETCOG research group at the University of Stirling. Her PhD focuses on the development of socio-cognitive mechanisms that are thought to underpin distinctively human cumulative culture. Her current research looks for age-related differences in the type of social learning strategies children employ. In one study, this involves testing whether 3- to 8-year-old children have the capacity to seek out, and then use, information from appropriate social sources. In a second study it involves investigating whether children can switch from using associative learning processes to using reasoning-based social learning strategies. She also has interests in prosocial behaviour, the development of reasoning, and children’s learning more broadly.