Professor Corriveau Receives APA Early Career Research Award

Professor Kathleen CorriveauProfessor Kathleen Corriveau has received the 2014 Early Career Research Award from the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division 7, which represents Developmental Psychology. The honor supports the research of outstanding early career members of Division 7 who have not yet received any federal funding for research as a principal investigator or co-investigator.

Assistant Professors who are within five years of receiving their doctoral degree are eligible for the award which recognizes proposed or in-progress research that will significantly advance content knowledge, methodology, and/or theory in developmental psychology. Criteria for consideration include the project’s importance, innovation, feasibility, funding needs, likely contribution to the field, and the applicant’s record.

Corriveau’s research is focused on how children use adults to learn information about the world. The emphasis is on how children utilize adult explanations to judge the future credibility of the adult as a learning partner and make inferences about learning. Her work studies children’s individual preference for explanatory structure and if the differences are related to how parents talk to their children or based on differences in socioeconomic status. The results of the proposal will advance understanding for both the fields of developmental psychology and educational research.

More information about Corriveau’s work can be found on the SED Social Learning Laboratory website: bu.edu/learninglab/.

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