Dr. Carrie Palmquist

Title: Your child’s brain: How we learn to trust and navigate our world

Blurb: Who do we trust and how do we make snap judgements? Flashback to childhood to decipher what social and cultural clues kids use to understand and navigate the world. Join us as we talk with Dr. Carrie Palmquist about her research in childhood learning and nonverbal communication.

Dr. Carrie Palmquist is a professor at Amherst College. Her research focuses on nonverbal communication and learning. She is currently working to determine if children evaluate others’ nonverbal cues (different gestures) in addition to their spoken language to determine good sources of information. She also explores whether individual differences, previous experiences, and context impact children’s decisions to trust others as good sources of information.

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