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 new app ASCmeI.T.  launched 1st October: working with Southampton and Bath Universities: new prize draw announced, deadline 1 July 2016

Digital Bubbles seminar 5: The Interdisciplinary Bubble, Sussex 18th March 2016: great success, looking forward to DB6, 11th July in Bath

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

Nicola Yuill was keynote speaker at the Open University Annual Conference 5th July 2015 and talking at UKLA 12th July 2015

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




Department of Psychology
Pevensey Building
University of Sussex
Falmer, BN1 9QH

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Children and Technology Lab, headed by Nicola Yuill.

First lab meeting of the year today, our talk schedule has technology in ASC, tablets and PECS, citations, digital books, children coding...

Autism and inclusion in mainstream school: topic for our lively Autism Reading Group on Tues 13th Sept from 5- 6pm in ChaTLab -be there!

Our embodied cognition reading group is moving from Beyond the Brain to Embodied Mind. Recommended!

Well done ex-chatlab's Amanda Carr @CanterburyCCUni for winning @BPSDevSection enabling funding for work on digital infants

Sussex Autism Spectrum Summer School on its way...…

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