Professor Victoria Southgate, Principal Investigator – Department of Psychology - University of Copenhagen

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Professor Victoria Southgate, Principal Investigator

I am the director of the Centre for Early Childhood Cognition at the University of Copenhagen. My work is aimed at understanding the development of social cognition in typically-developing young children, especially infants and preschoolers. I am especially motivated by a curiosity about how the human brain has evolved to enable young children to learn from and about other people. My work covers several different topics including how young children understand others’ actions and mental states and how they choose who and what to learn from.

Before moving to the University of Copenhagen in 2015, I was a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development in London. I have received research grants from the Wellcome Trust, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the Carlsberg Foundation and most recently, from the European Research Council (ERC) in 2016. This ERC grant will support the work of our lab for the next 5 years, while we undertake an ambitious research program to try to understand how the infant brain supports thinking about other people’s thoughts.

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