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Previous Studies​


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Workshops

A recent thesis project conducted by Cassandra Wauter, Saranka Parameswaran, Mallory Earnshaw, and Bailey Rand explored concepts of equity, diversity, and inclusion in engaging workshops. The study was conducted over three Zoom session workshops and one final Zoom interview. With this work, we hoped to highlight children's memory and recall abilities and how children make personal decisions about equity.  

EDI Posters that were presented at Development 2022 conference in Calgary, Alberta.

Parent Child Interactions and Source Monitoring

 Holly Nelson conducted her thesis project by exploring parental interactional styles in children’s source monitoring. Source monitoring is an important cognitive skill that allows us to be aware of where information came from, who we can trust, and how our knowledge base is developed. Mothers and their children (3-6 years old) were invited to participate in two sessions that were held through online Zoom visits. The participants were provided an opportunity to talk about memories, read a story, and play some games. With this work, we hoped to highlight important socio-linguistic processes that could impact an area of children’s cognitive development.

Children's Memory of Online Interactions

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Samantha Barbosa thesis project focused on children's memory and source monitoring of online media, like websites and videos, with embedded advertisements.  Memory and source monitoring both play a role in how children understand and process information from various sources and can aid them in attributing credibility and reliability judgements. Children age 7-12 were invited to participate in two online sessions and were asked to view two media sources and later answer a variety of questions about the media content. This study aimed to provide a better understanding of what information children process and remember while using online sources that contain distracting and irrelevant components and how we might aid children in better remembering accurate and reliable information.

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