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CDCL Director: Professor J. Russell

MA (Oxon), PhD (London), Reader in Cognitive Development
Fellow of Queens' College

Tel: 01223 333553


Current projects in the CDCL


Confused babyA. Future thinking and the development of imagination in young children. If you have a child aged between three-and-a-half and six-and-a-half years you can help us with this study (see below).

B. What do babies understand about other people’s goal directed actions? At what age are infants able to perform goal-directed actions themselves? (now complete - summary of findings to follow later in the year)

C. Episodic memory project (now complete - summary of findings to follow soon).

D. Why do young children think they are invisible when they shut their eyes? For a link to our work on this see Russell, Gee, and Bullard.


Volunteers wantedAiden's artwork

A: Future Thinking Study: The Teddy Train Game

Calling on parents of children between 3.5 to 6.5 years of age.

We are interested in the development of what is known as episodic foresight. Our project has two main strands. The first concerns children’s ability to predict the contents of their own future visual experiences. And the second concerns their ability to work out what visual experiences are possible/impossible in the future given the current state of the world.

Would you and your little one like to participate in our latest study? Click here for more details on the study.

B: Goal Direction Actions in Infancy

This study is now complete. Thanks to all who helped!

Thank you to all the parents, babies and toddlers who helped out with these series of studies. They are currently being written up as part of Richard O'Connor's PhD thesis. If you are a parent of with a young baby visiting the site after finding one of my flyers, please note that infant psychology research is still going on at various other sites in Cambridge. If you would like to take part, please visit for more information.   

C: Episodic Memory Project

This study is now complete. Thank you to all who helped!

Thank you to every one who helped with our 'fun in the jungle' study and our 'music box' study. We have submitted the findings of latter for publication and should be able to share those findings with you very soon once our manuscript has been accepted for publication. 

CDCL Personnel

Professor James Russell: , 01223-333553
Dr Patrick Burns: , 01223-764413
Richard O'Connor: , 01223-766315