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 do teachers play in developing mastery and independence in children's approaches to learning? And how might technology be used creatively and innovatively to support these interactions?

Our new app ASCmeI.T.  launched 1st October: working with Southampton and Bath Universities:

Digital Bubbles seminar 5: The Interdisciplinary Bubble.  Sussex 18th March 2016: registrations filling up.

Congratulations Ruihan Wu for winning a JRA to work with us on autism and reading comprehension Summer 2015

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 Educacational 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

Congratulations to  our Nuffield bursary student, 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 the article in the Standard Supertask me: is the digital world turning kids into junkies or making them smarter?,  A fuller version is found in the December edition of Wired


ChatLab News and Events

Past ChatLab News and Events




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Children and Technology Lab, headed by Nicola Yuill.

A really exciting PhD opportunity with @CRAE_IOE:…

Thought-provoking article on applied and theory link, and research impact, & a good story, here

History of theories of autism: The stranger in the mirror. @BBCRadio4 archive on 4

ICYMI: comedian John Williams's account of the lighter side of life with a child on the autism spectrum

PhD submission day in the lab, for two ex @ClaphamTerrace1 pupils. Congratulations @g_leith and @Zeedlebug!

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