Robert is a PhD-student (supervisor: Prof. Michael Tomasello) at the Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Together with Prof. Gert Westermann from Oxford Brookes University, he worked at the Oxford Brookes University Babylab while obtaining his Master's degree in Oxford. Their project investigated the understanding of emotions in infants with the use of pupil dilation as a measure of infants' arousal and surprise responses. The current research focus lies on comparing different techniques of analyzing pupil data in order to estimate its feasibility to address questions regarding infants' understanding of complex social cognitive phenomena. In Leipzig, Robert is now interested in (and excited about) the ontogeny of emotion understanding and how this influences pro-social behavior.
Rachel Wu is a final year PhD student at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London (UK), where she is working with Natasha Kirkham and Denis Mareschal. Rachel received a BA in Psychology and a BA in Anthropology from Carnegie Mellon University (USA) and an MSc in Psychoanalysis at the Anna Freud Centre, University College London (UK). During her PhD, Rachel has conducted several eye-tracking studies with over 550 infants investigating how they learn multimodal and statistical events from social and non-social attention cues in a cluttered environment. In addition to using typical looking time measures to infer learning, she works with Chen Yu and Daniel Yurovsky to find patterns in looking behavior and to use computer models to predict and interpret good learning. Rachel also uses an infant-directed paradigm registering gaze-contingent responses to train infants to learn from attention cues. She is interested in using pupil dilation responses to obtain converging evidence for learning as well as for inferring learning when other measures fail. In her spare time, Rachel sculpts, illustrates, and plays violin.
Esther Wu is currently pursuing a Master degree in Psychology at the University of Oslo, in Norway (supervisors: Prof. Bruno Laeng & Prof. Svein Magnussen). Prior to that, she obtained her Bachelor degree in Engineering from the National University of Singapore, and has worked as an engineer in both Singapore and the United States. Her interests lie in face processing, emotions, eyewitness memory, eye-tracking and pupillometry. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in the near future.
Dorothea Ullwer studied psychology and is currently studying medicine at the Humboldt – University and the Charité in Berlin. Since 2007 she is engaged in the research on fluid intelligence, mathematical cognition and executive functions. Her diploma thesis at the Berlin NeuroImaging Center was about the influence of mathematical giftedness on eye – movement parameters and problem solving strategies. She is a member in a research project of Professor Elke van der Meer at the chair of Cognitive Psychology at Humboldt – University. The interdisciplinary project focuses on the analysis of learning and resource allocation in mathematical cognition and uses pupillary and eye – tracking as well as neuroimaging data analysis. Dorothea’s scientific interest lies in the combination of psychological and medical knowledge on the research of cognition and behaviour.
Steven Harry Pieter van de Pavert
Steven van de Pavert is a Master student in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Oslo and is supervised by Thomas Espeseth and prof. Bruno Laeng. Steven received his BA in Biological Psychology at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Currently he is focusing on several projects involving pupillometry and fMRI using the multiple object tracking paradigm. In addition, Steven has developed a pupillometry preprocessing program, enabling efficient data cleaning and sorting prior to statistical analyses.