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LSIA researcher presents at the biannual ISSBD conference

Dr Ameneh Shahaeian recently attended the biannual conference of the International Society for Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD) in Vilnius, in July. Ameneh chaired the symposium focused on Theory of Mind with the view of researching children from lesser studied cultures. The symposium included presenters from three universities: ACU, University of Boston and University of Otago. “Our symposium was indeed received very well and we had a room full of people engaged in discussion, despite the overlap of the session with a significant key note speak at the conference. Professor Ted Ruffman, a leading researcher on Theory of Mind, accepted our invitation to act as our discussant, which was highly positive. Ted gave a brilliant summary of our research and the relevant literature on children’s Theory of Mind development. Afterwards we continued our discussions with Ted about possibilities for future collaborations.”

Ameneh’s travel was supported by a travel grant from the Ian Potter Foundation. “I am thrilled to have introduced our research to the wider research society and as a simple indication, I already have received a few emails regarding our symposium with requests for drafts of the papers we presented.”

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