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Psychological Foundations Lab

 

Tyler Wereha

Tyler is a Ph.D candidate at Simon Fraser University interested the development of joint attention capacities,  especially pointing. He is also interested in the use of evolutionary theory in psychology in general and developmental and comparative psychology in particular.

Tyler did his M.A. research in avian attachment behaviour which largely led to his interest in the interplay between developmental and evolutionary processes. His work in animal behaviour led him to a systems view that appreciates the complex, sometimes non-obvious pathways development takes, as well as the multitude of factors that influence it. He applies this perspective now to the study of joint attention.

In his PhD research he is most notably interested in tracing the development of the pointing gesture from its precursors, to its first emergence, to its uses as multi-purposed communicative gesture. He uses various longitudinal procedures including examining semi-structured and naturalistic social interactions as well as parental diaries to examine the development of pointing gestures. He is currently involved in several projects examining the following questions:

(1) How do infants come to master the different functions pointing has?

(2) How do infants come to understand that a pointing gesture is a communicative gesture used to direct attention?

(3) What is the relation between measures of infants’ social/emotional engagement and joint attention skills?

Contact: tyler_wereha@sfu.ca