Why do we learn the things we learn? And how?

My primary academic interest is in the development of socio-affective processes and how they are involved in learning from others including social referencing, social appraisal, and affective social learning. In particular, my research focuses on how our relationship with others can be key to how and what we learn. For example: How much of what we learn depends on whether we trust the teacher or not, and also, how much can be learned from observation alone, irrespective of the relationship between student and teacher?

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