We study the cognitive development of infants and young children. The major focus of our work lies on children’s abilities to take and understand other people’s point of view. For example, how does a toddler come to learn that others may not be able to see or be familiar with what she herself sees or knows? One important idea that has guided our research is that children’s ability to engage in joint attention with others is critical for their understanding of perspectives. We see this very basic and mundane skill of joint attention as critically important for the development of thought and understanding.
In an ongoing study, we explore when and how children understand that, in some situtations, water can be used as a tool!