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Discovering development

10 March 2011

One of the images featuring in the exhibition. Courtesy of David Sinden.One of the images featuring in the exhibition. Courtesy of David Sinden.

Every year thousands of babies are brought by their families to universities around the world to participate in research on human development.

Their first steps and first words help psychologists build a complete picture of social and cognitive development, informing parenting and education programmes as well as public policy.

Now, a new exhibition is showcasing the work of researchers in the School of Psychology’s Development@Cardiff group. As well as highlighting some of the group’s important projects, it will capture the babies and their families taking part in this valuable work.

Speaking about the event, Dr Merideth Gattis said: "This exhibition will give the public a glimpse into this area of research and how we are piecing together development in the first three years of a child’s life. Our studies are enjoyable for parents because they get an insight into the science of development. Our studies are also valuable scientifically, because of the insights they yield into early learning. Photographer David Sinden has captured both of those qualities beautifully.

"It’s also a way of thanking all of the parents that take part in our research. There is a saying that it takes a whole village to raise a child. Similarly, it takes a whole city to conduct research on child development. Our research depends on the commitment and involvement of families and organisations throughout the Cardiff area, including libraries, the NHS Cardiff and Vale Trust, Techniquest, and the Women’s Workshop.

"We are grateful that families and organisations share their time with us, and want to show them what it has yielded."

The Discovering Development documentary exhibition opens at Cardiff Central Library on the 11th of March, as part of the University’s Big Ideas programme which celebrates National Science and Engineering Week 2011.

Entry to the exhibition is free. For more information please visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/bigideas The Big Ideas programme runs throughout March giving people of all ages the change to get up-close and hands-on with Cardiff’s latest research.

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