Title of PhD: The development and range of spontaneous tool making and tool use in human children
Supervisors: Dr Claudio Tennie, Dr Sarah Beck, Professor Ian Apperly
In her doctoral research Eva investigates young children’s ability to spontaneously use and make tools to solve novel problems. Her tasks are based on or inspired by tool-use behaviors shown in non-human animals in the wild or in the lab, in order to allow species comparisons of the cognitive abilities underlying flexible tool use. Eva is also interested in cumulative culture, especially its ontogenetic origins and cognitive pre-requisites.
BSc from the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany
MSc from the Georg-August-University in Goettingen, Germany
Eva studied Psychology (BSc) at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany, and participated in an exchange program with the Pennsylvania State University, USA, where she spent one semester. She undertook a Masters in Psychology at the Georg-August-University in Goettingen, Germany, and did an internship at the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.
Range and development of children’s spontaneous tool use and tool making abilities
Cultural and cognitive similarities and differences between humans and non-humans
Phylogenetic origins and evolution of human (material) culture
Theory of mind: Toddlers’ understanding of false beliefs using prompted-action paradigms