I am currently working on my doctorate, provisionally entitled “When social appraisal meets social referencing: A developmental perspective on Interest”, under the supervision of Professor Fabrice Clement at the Cognitive Science Centre at the University of Neuch√Ętel in Switzerland.

My current research is primarily concerned with affective science. More specifically, I have been working on how early children recognise an expression of interest in third parties and the effects that recognition may have. We have argued that the expression of interest may be a conduit for the transmission of culture.

I have also been working on how best to define interest by asking the deceptively simple question of whether or not interest qualifies as an emotion, and testing the appraisal structure of interest through questionnaires: what makes something interesting.

You will find much more information about my past and present research on this site. I hope you find it interesting!

If you would like to contact me, please don’t hesitate: daniel.dukes@unine.ch