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Xiaoyun Chen

Research student

Lancaster University

Fylde College



Research overview

I am studying the curiosity-driven learning mechanisms of infants. Curiosity as a basic component of cognition plays a role in creating motivation in our learning. People learn more when they are curious than when they are not. My research interests will focus on how curiosity enhances infants’ learning and what the behavioral and neural mechanisms behind this are. I will be using interdisciplinary methods to explore the answers to these questions. Before I completed my MSc in Developmental disorders at Lancaster University in 2017, I worked with autistic children for two years. 


Current Teaching


PSYC102 Investigating Psychology

PSYC204 Reseach methods I: Experimental Psychology