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Ms Laura Todd

Vice Principal & Senior Tutor of College of St Hild and St Bede

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My research interests are in the development of mentalising and executive capacities, particularly potential links between them, in infants and young children. I am currently attempting to address the following questions:

are mentalising and executive capacities interdependent?
is there a consistent temporal relationship between the development of the two capacities?
do they share common precursors?
I am also interested in how these capacities relate to infant-mother attachment.

Research Interests

  • The development of, and potential links between, mentalising and executive capacities in infants and young children and how they may relate to infant-mother attachments