The ‘Babble Buddies’ project is led by a team of developmental psychologists at the University of York. Here’s a bit more about us:

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Katie Slocombe is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of York and the lead supervisor for this project. She has a six-year-old son and knows all about the joys and challenges of motherhood.

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Bailey House
is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of York and a collaborator on this project. He has worked with infants, young children and adolescents here in the UK, and also in the United States, Fiji and Kenya.


Joanna Buryn-Weitzel is a Postdoctoral Researcher who has been working with mothers and children in York and Uganda since the project began. She is particularly interested in the developmental of prosocial behaviours like helping and sharing.


Sophie Marshall started out as a Research Assistant on the project and is now a second year PhD student! Her main research interests lie in how children understand and navigate normative expectations of others.


Charlotte Knapper also used to work as a Research Assistant for us and is now in the second year of her PhD on the project. She studies how children conform to rules and norms and how this might relate to their earlier social and cognitive behaviours.

These are our wonderful research assistants who are helping us with data collection in York and in Uganda:

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And these are our translators in Uganda, who will make sure that we understand what mothers and babies are saying in the videos that we are collecting over there:

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