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Tess Flanagan

Postdoctoral Associate
Psychology & Neuroscience

Selected Publications


Is it personal or is it social? The interaction of knowledge domain and statistical evidence in U.S. and Chinese preschoolers' social generalizations.

Journal Article Journal of experimental psychology. General · July 2024 Children make inferences about the social world by observing human actions. However, human actions can be ambiguous: They can be sources of information about personal, idiosyncratic characteristics of individuals or socially shared knowledge. In two cross- ... Full text Cite

The minds of machines: Children's beliefs about the experiences, thoughts, and morals of familiar interactive technologies.

Journal Article Developmental psychology · June 2023 Children are developing alongside interactive technologies that can move, talk, and act like agents, but it is unclear if children's beliefs about the agency of these household technologies are similar to their beliefs about advanced, humanoid robots used ... Full text Cite

Children's Developing Beliefs About Agency and Free Will in an Increasingly Technological World

Journal Article Humana Mente · January 1, 2022 The idea of treating robots as free agents seems only to have existed in the realm of science fiction. In our current world, however, children are interacting with robotic technologies that look, talk, and act like agents. Are children willing to treat suc ... Cite

Constrained Choice: Children's and Adults' Attribution of Choice to a Humanoid Robot.

Journal Article Cognitive science · October 2021 Young children, like adults, understand that human agents can flexibly choose different actions in different contexts, and they evaluate these agents based on such choices. However, little is known about children's tendencies to attribute the capacity to c ... Full text Cite

The Community-Engaged Lab: A Case-Study Introduction for Developmental Science.

Journal Article Frontiers in psychology · January 2021 Due to the closing of campuses, museums, and other public spaces during the pandemic, the typical avenues for recruitment, partnership, and dissemination are now unavailable to developmental labs. In this paper, we show how a shift in perspective has impac ... Full text Open Access Cite