|Previous portrait||Dr. Angeline Lillard
College & Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
I’ve been trying to understand how children learn and develop, and in particular what role play (and its associated aspects) has to do with learning and development.
Early in my career, I was focused especially on pretend play and social cognition (or theory of mind). I’ve broadened my interest to consider play more generally, including learning from other fictions, and Montessori education, which is playful in many ways, and all kinds of learning and development.
I am excited to see if we find epigenetic change (lasting changes in gene expression) in children when they begin to focus and concentrate on useful tasks, as they do in Montessori environments.
Learn more about my research on play and learning on my website.
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