Language & Cognition Lab
Department of Psychology
Queen's University, Kingston Ontario
The research in the Language and Cognition Lab at Queen's University
(Kingston, ON) focuses on issues of language processing and learning, theory of mind development, and memory. We are exploring cognitive processes in relation to the social and cultural circumstances in which they unfold and the social competences they require. Our work bridges the domains of developmental, cognitive, and social psychology. It also draws on theories and findings from linguistics, philosophy, and sociology.
This website contains information about our current research, people in the lab, research opportunities for students, and the findings of our past studies with children. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Children’s epistemic forecasting:
The case of knowledge loss
Do children understand the cognitive changes that happen with development? Two experiments examined whether 4- and 6-year-olds understand that, as time passes, children forget some of the things they currently know. In Experiment 1, children were taught the names of a new person and a new object and then were informed that contact with these items will discontinue. Children were asked whether they would know the names tomorrow and as grown-ups. Both age groups demonstrated awareness that forgetting might occur. In Experiment 2, children showed a similar pattern of judgments about a peer’s knowledge. The findings suggest that knowledge loss is integral to children’s future thinking and is part of their understanding of the mind as a dynamically changing system.