Research Interests (key words only)
Young children's cognitive development: understanding of knowledge states; Theory of Mind; the development of categorisation abilities; language comprehension; the development of sentimental thinking.
Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities
Cognitive Psychology (Module Leader)
Developmental Psychology (Co-Module Leader)
Personal Tutor (Year 1 and 2)
Year 3 project supervision
Research Methods in Psychology (Lecturer)
MSc project supervision
Current PhD students
Nafeesa Sireer: “Theory of Mind, perceived acceptance/ rejection, and psychological
adjustment among children with ADHD” (Primary supervisor)
Lisa Pepper: “Young children’s cognitive perceptions of body size” (Primary supervisor)
Sarah Jones: “Investigating ‘extreme female’ cognition” (Associate supervisor)
- Admissions Tutor
- Coordinator of the Research Studentship Scheme
I am a cognitive developmental psychologist and my main area of interest is young children’s metacognition (how they think about what they know). I worked in a variety of jobs before I began my BSc in Psychology as a part-time mature student with The Open University in 1999. I then became a full time doctoral student at the University of Birmingham in 2005. I joined the Division of Psychology at the University of Bradford as a lecturer in 2009.
BSc (Hons) Psychology (Open University, 2005)
PhD Psychology (University of Birmingham, 2009)
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher education Practice (University of Bradford, 2011)
Joint convenor for the Bradford Cognition and Brain Group.
Selected invited talks:
- "It feels red!: Young children’s difficulty understanding aspectuality" (2010). University of Bradford, Optometry Research Group.
- "The limits of young children’s understanding of aspectuality" (2009). University of Birmingham, Language and Cognition Seminar Group.
I am broadly interested in young children’s understanding of knowledge states. My PhD research focused on 4- to 7-year-old children’s understanding of aspectuality (the acquisition of knowledge through perceptual actions). My other research interests include young children’s understanding of: Theory of Mind (how others’ thoughts and beliefs differ from one’s own); the categorisation of people and things; emotional beliefs and sentimental attachments to objects.
- Is young children’s understanding of “which one” dependent on comparison or communication abilities? (Funded by the Nuffield Foundation Small Grants Scheme)
- Member of the CLAHRC 2 steering group with the Bradford Institute of Health Research
- The developmental of young children’s sentimental attachment to gifted objects.
- Young children’s memory for conflicting gender-occupation roles.
Member of the CLAHRC 2 steering group with the Bradford Institute of Health Research
- Waters, G. M., & Beck, S. R. (under review at Infant and Child Development) Verbal information hinders young children's ability to gain modality specific knowledge.
- Waters, G. M., & Beck, S. R. (2012), How should we question young children's understanding of aspectuality? British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 30(3), 376-392.
- Waters, G. M., & Beck, S. R. (2009). The development and robustness of young children’s understanding of aspectuality. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 103, 108-114.
- Hutter, R. R. C., Crisp, R. J., Humphreys, G. W., Waters, G. M., & Moffitt, G. (2009). The dynamics of category conjunctions. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 12 (5), 673-686.
- Waters, G. M., & Marks, G. (2012). Personal Development Planning: Facilitating student reflection on experiences. Oral presentation at the Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Bradford.
- Waters, G. M., & Beck, S. R. (2010). Does demonstrating understanding of aspectuality depend on how the question is worded? Oral presentation at the British Psychological Society Developmental Section Conference, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
- Waters, G. M., & Beck, S. R. (2007). The influence of information access on young children’s understanding of sources of knowledge. Oral presentation at the European Society for Philosophy & Psychology Conference, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.
- Waters, G. M., & Beck, S. R. (2007). Young children’s ability to select between sensory modalities and ignore ambiguous information. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development Conference, Boston, USA.