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Christopher Cox, PhD student

New face at IMC

2019.09.04 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

Chris holds a BA and an MA in Phonetics & Phonology from the University of York and is a newly accepted PhD Student at Aarhus University. He is interested in the nature of the processes that enable infants to discover the structure of their immediate environment.

His PhD project involves studying how infants’ inferential capacities and exploratory behaviour mutually interact to facilitate knowledge acquisition in the developmental process. The project will use an interactive digital interface that responds to infants’ production of speech sounds with colourful shapes in different positions on a screen. Infants will be tested on whether they can learn to expect the appearance of a shape based on their exploration of the probabilistic universe by means of their vocalisations.

This joint PhD project, which involves research collaboration between Aarhus University and University of York, aims to capture infants’ real-time exploratory behaviour and to measure the impact on their learning process over time.

Having already experienced the dynamic research environment of IMC as a former visiting student, Chris is delighted to be back and to be more permanently associated with IMC. If you’re interested in having a chat or if you’re looking for someone to have lunch with, feel free to stop by room 326!