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?

Congratulations to our former Phd students Georgia Leith, Zoe Hopkins and Sarah Little, who all have new publications out.

Congratulations to our summer bursary student Daisy Neal, who won the JRA poster prize for her project on myths about autism.

Nicola Yuill was keynote speaker at ISS Brighton workshop on the Disappearing Tabletop.

Digital Bubbles seminars:  these have inspired a special issue of Research in ASD

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

Scaffolding seminar special issue of British Journal of Educational Psychology closed for submissions, and will be appearing early 2018.

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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Children and Technology Lab, headed by Nicola Yuill.

Our next Autism Reading group meets 5-6pm Weds 28th November, looking at shared reading with autistic children, exp……

new study seeking views and experiences of autistic adults, Brighton area and wider surrounds

and here is the lovely logo!

a reminder of the sunny weather, and a very worthy winner, congratulations Keira! So pleased to have our lovely new……

RT @medialab: Young kids interface naturally—and often beneficially—with voice-activated technology, but some experts are worried……

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