Dr Sara Baker
Dr Sara Baker is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.
I am interested in the role of pre-frontal functions (i.e., impulse control) in the formation and expression of beliefs especially during early childhood. I use behavioral and physiological measures (eye-tracking) to examine how children learn to adapt their understanding to an ever-changing world. Many of my studies use longitudinal designs to examine the shape of individual children's learning curves by applying a Bayesian change detection algorithm to individual records of performance.
Cross-sectional and cohort studies
Associated News Items
Baker ST, Gjersoe NL, Sibielska-Woch K, Leslie AM, Hood BM (2011), “Inhibitory control interacts with core knowledge in toddlers’ manual search for an occluded object.” Dev Sci 14(2):270-9 Details
Baker, S.T., Friedman, O., & Leslie, A.M. (2010), “The Opposites task: Using general rules to test cognitive flexibility in preschoolers.” Journal of Cognition and Development, 11, 240-254.