Language provides a code for learning and teaching new ideas. I study the mental representations and mechanisms that people use to translate concepts and ideas into words and sentences, with a primary focus on how these abilities develop in children.
I supervise postgraduate and undergraduate students on a range of topics related to the above interests. For undergraduates, I teach the Developmental Psychology component of Psychology 1, a 3rd year option on the Development of Language, Literacy and Communication, and also lecture on Introduction to Cognitive Science. My regular student office hours are Tuesdays at 10, and you should feel free to come and chat, but it is best to send an email a day or so before to confirm (just in case).
If you are a parent interested in learning more about our child development research, you might want to check out the Wee Science website. For students/researchers, the RabLab website has further details on current research programs, as well as publications. If you are interested in conducting research in the lab -- as a student or volunteer research assistant -- please email me. Twitter-types can also follow me.
Note that I am looking to accept at least one PhD student this year.
Rabagliati, H. & Robertson, A. (2017). How do children learn to avoid referential ambiguity? Insights from eyetracking. Journal of Memory and Language, 94, 15-27. [pdf]
Gambi, C., Pickering, M.J., & Rabagliati, H. (2017). Beyond associations: Sensitivity to structure in preschoolers' predictions. Cognition, 157, 340-351. [pdf]
Language development and processing, with a particular focus on meaning. Cognitive Development. Psycholinguistics in neurodevelopmental disorders.