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- Action processing
- Imitation and mimicry
- Theory of mind
- Motivation and learning
- Group cognition
Research: brief description
I am a developmental social cognitive neuroscientist studying the ontogeny and development of human social cognition with a particular interest in the kind of skills that enable infants to learn from others. I use both behavioural (looking-time, eye-tracking) and neuroimaging (EEG, fNIRS, EMG) methods to ask what cognitive and neural mechanisms support infants’ early social cognitive abilities.
I am PI at the Centre for Early Childhood Cognition
Current research projects
- Neural mechanisms supporting early mentalizing abilities (funded by the ERC)
- Investigating the development of mimicry (with Antonia Hamilton, Carina de Klerk and Chiara Bulgarelli, supported by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust)
- Motivation and information seeking in infancy (with Teodora Gliga and Katarina Begus)
European Research Council
Carlsberg Foundation, Denmark
de Klerk, C.C.J.M., Bulgarelli, C., Hamilton, A.H., & Southgate, V. (in press). Selective facial mimicry of native over foreign speakers in preverbal infants. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.
de Klerk, C.C.J.M., Lamy-Yang, I., & Southgate, V. (2018). The role of sensorimotor experience in the development of mimicry. Developmental Science. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12771
Baillargeon, R., Buttelmann, D., & Southgate, V. (2018). Interpreting Failed Replications of Early False-Belief Findings: Methodological and Theoretical Considerations. Cognitive Development.
de Klerk, C.C.J.M., Hamilton, A.F.C., & Southgate, V. (2018). Eye contact modulates facial mimicry in 4-month-old infants: an EMG and fNIRS study. Cortex.
Bulgarelli, C., Blasi, A., Arridge, S., Powell, S., de Klerk, C.C.J.M., Southgate, V., Brigadoi, S., Penny, W., Tak, S., & Hamilton, A. (2018). Dynamic causal modelling on infant fNIRS data: A validation study on a simultaneously recorded fNIRS-fMRI dataset. Neuroimage, 175, 413-424.
Begus, K., & Southgate, V. (2018). Information seeking in infancy. In Language and Concept Development from Infancy Through Childhood: Social Motivation, Cognition, and Linguistic Mechanisms of Learning (Eds. P. Ganea & M. Saylor). Springer.
Begus, K., Gliga, T., & Southgate, V. (2016). Infants’ preferences for native speakers are associated with an expectation of information. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113 (44), 12397-12494.