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?
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.
Our two recent public information sessions were very successful, with record numbers and many messages of appreciation: the BPS Wessex branch Digital Bubbles event, on autism and technology, and the TERENCE project dissemination event including a talk from Nicola Yuill on how to support children's reading comprehension.
Congratulations to Chris Girvan for being awarded a Junior Research Associate Bursary to work in the lab over the summer, looking at use of tablet computers to support communication in language-impaired children with autism.
Success in ChaTLab publications: all the lab Phd students had papers accepted for the September BPS Cog/Dev conference ; Zoe Hopkins had papers accepted for the NNDAL conference in Newcastle and for ICSI 2013 in Lugano and Sam Holt has had her paper accepted for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
ChatLab members research presentations on aspects of autism were warmly received at our recent outreach research interest group (EPSRIG). Email ChatLab@sussex.ac.uk if you are an education professional and would like to be on the EPSRIG mailing list.