School of Psychology

Chat Lab

Welcome to Chat Lab

The Children and Technology Lab, headed by Nicola Yuill, is part of the Developmental and Clinical Psychology Group.

We are interested in how technology can be used to understand and support children working and playing together, at school and at home, in typical and atypical development, with peers, with parents and with teachers.  

An underlying theme of our work is the role of social interaction and collaboration in learning and development. How do interactions between peers support learning? How do parents scaffold children's learning at home? What role does technology play in supporting children's collaborative play and learning? And how might developmentally-appropriate technology be used creatively and innovatively to support these interactions?

Our app ASCmeI.T.  launched, Sussex working with Southampton and Bath Universities

Digital Bubbles seminars:  The final DB7 event will report back soon: all materials from DB1 - DB6 now on the website

Congratulations to our recently-completed ChatLab Phd students Drs Sam Holt, Tamas Borbely, Georgia Leith and Zoe Hopkins!

Nicola Yuill was keynote speaker at the UCL/IoE educational psychology Autism special interest group in 2016 and talking at UKLA May 2017

Scaffolding seminar special issue of British Journal of Educational Psychology announced.

Nicola Yuill, Sam Holt, Chris Girvan and Stefan Kreitmayer presented SCoSS and ComfyBirds at the ITASD Paris conference .

Find out more about the ChatLab by watching this Science Uncovered video.

Presentation to Nuffield Bursary Student Kane SteggesKane Steggles and Zoe Hopkins

We keep in touch with our Nuffield bursary students, such as Kane Steggles, whose paper on language alignment was accepted for the finals of the National Science and Engineering Competition

Research from the ChatLab showing how technology engages children’s attention and makes them more co-operative is discussed in a free-to-view Frontiers article and in an edition of Wired. 


ChatLab News and Events

Past ChatLab News and Events




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University of Sussex
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Children and Technology Lab, headed by Nicola Yuill.

Girls growing up on the spectrum -- interesting event for parents and carers in East Sussex from CLASS+ here

Looking forward to Digital Literacies in Education Research Symposium on 16th May in Sheffield…

postgrad/postdoc workshop on alexithymia 15 September in London:…

How might technology be changing our experience?…

#robotsandyou social robotics @SussexCOGS raises many vital questions re tech & autism. We need another workshop😊

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