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I am a cognitive developmental psychologist, based in the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK.

I'm interested in how people, especially children, think about things that are not real. My research is focused on imaginative thinking about time, particularly counterfactual thoughts about 'what might have been', and creative problem solving.

I supervise PhD and Masters students, and teach undergraduate BSc Psychology students. My main teaching is an optional final year course called Higher Cognitive Functions in which we look at understanding of time, minds, and causality from developmental and comparative perspectives.

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Higher Cognitive Functions annual trip to Twycross Zoo