Sarah BeckThis is me sitting on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square as part of Antony Gormley's One and Other installation while my student was presenting at the BPS Developmental Conference.

Sarah R. Beck


School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK


s.r.beck <at>

My research examines children’s and adults’ reasoning and problem solving, particularly in the domains of time and physical cognition.

In my work on counterfactual thinking and metacognition I conduct experimental studies exploring children’s handling of uncertainty and hypothetical thinking. I also investigate how adults’ apparently sophisticated thinking in these areas is often irrational.  My work on children’s tool-making is identifying new ways in which we can think about problem solving and innovation.



Posters from SRCD

Nicola Cutting: What determines complexity in children’s tool making? [PDF]

Catherine Darnell: Children’s feeling of confidence under epistemic and physical uncertainty. [PDF]

Sophie Milward: The development of co-representation effects in a joint task. [PDF]
















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