Dr. Tanya Broesch
Department of psychology, Simon Fraser University
I study early social-cognitive development in children living in diverse social contexts. My research has three primary objectives. First, I examine current theories spanning psychology, anthropology and education, to determine whether they are Western-biased, or generalizable to other contexts. Second, I examine how the first 7 years of life impact the developing mind. My past research has demonstrated a remarkable number of similarities across diverse contexts, such as early parenting behaviours. Yet, we also find striking differences in parental socialization goals and behaviour depending on context. Third, I aim to involve communities in the research process with the goal of having citizen-led research objectives. I am involved in several collaborative endeavours, including the Culture & Ontogeny Research Initiative, all with objectives to better understand human social life.