Although helpless at birth, young infants quickly become more and more purposeful in their interactions with their social and physical world, as well as in their ability to intervene with their own cognitive and emotional states. Infants also differ substantially in the way they exert control over their attention and emotion. In my PhD projects, I design infant-friendly eye-tracking tasks in which I study these individual differences to predict and explain later-life cognitive development.
How do infants view the world and how does this affect the new insights they gain? These are important questions in my research on the development of learning processes and knowledge from infants to adults. I am also interested in the role of emotions. (Professor of Cognitive Development, University of Amsterdam).
My research focuses on learning in children and infants: what do they look at in the world and what do they learn from that? Which information do they use to learn new concepts and words? What draws their attention and what doesn’t? I am associate professor of developmental psychology at the University of Amsterdam, and together with colleagues and students we try to answer these questions. Also as a father of two I am interested in children, their development and how to best support them.