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Heriot-Watt University Child Research Lab 


Heriot-Watt University Child Research Lab is a centre for developmental studies with children led by Dr Nicola McGuigan in the Department of Psychology.  


Burdett, E. R. R., Lucas, A. J., Buchsbaum, D., McGuigan, N., Wood, L. A., & Whiten, A. (2016) Do children copy an expert or a majority? Examining selective learning in instrumental and normative contexts. PLoS ONE 11(10): e0164698.


Moraru. M., Gomez, J. C. & McGuigan, N. (2016) Developmental changes in the influence of conventional and instrumental cues on over-imitation in 3- to 6- year-old children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 145: 34-47. 


McGuigan, N., Fisher, R. & Glasgow, R. (2016) The influence of receiver status on donor prosociality in 6- to 11- year old children. Child Development 87: 855-869.


McGuigan, N. & Robertson, S. (2015) The influence of peers on the tendency of 3- and 4- year old children to over-imitate. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 136: 42-54.


Claidière, N., Whiten, A., Mareno, M. A., Messer, E. J. E., Brosnan, S. F., Hopper, L. M., Lambeth, S. P., Schapiro, S. J. & McGuigan, N. (2015) Selective and contagious prosocial resource donation in capuchin monkeys, chimpanzees and humans. Scientific Reports 5.


McGuigan, N. & Messer, E. J. E. 2016. Social and Non-Social Influences on Young Children's Prosocial Donating. Invited oral presentation in The Developmental of Prosocial Behaviour: Context, Culture, Emotions Symposium at the British Psychological Society (BPS) Developmental Section Annual Conference at the Hilton Belfast, Northern Ireland.


Messer, E. J. E. & McGuigan, N. 2016. The role of social experience on young children's donating behaviour. Invited oral presentation in the Developmental Approaches to Understanding Human Social Learning Symposium at the International Society for Human Ethology’s (ISHE) XXIII Biennial Congress on Human Ethology at Stirling University, UK. 


Messer, E. J. E., &  McGuigan, N., 2016. Social and non-social influences on prosocial donating in young children. Oral presentation at the Human Behaviour and Evolution Society (HBES) 28th Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada. 


Messer, E. J. E., Claidière, N., Lancaster, I., Lunkka, M., McGuigan, N., Whiten, A., 2015. Effects of conformity on social learning in children. Oral presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia, USA.