Research goals and Interests:

Taylor Thomas is a fifth year student in the Developmental Psychology graduate program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on understanding the ways in which parents socialize aspects of children’s cognitive and social-emotional development through parent-child interactions. More specifically, she is interested in how parent-child conversation is associated with children’s memory and development of gratitude. Taylor is currently exploring (a) how parent-child conversations influence children’s cognitive and social-emotional development over time, (b) how child and parent characteristics interact to influence parent-child dialogues and thereby children’s cognitive and social-emotional skills, and (c) how other salient contexts interact with parent-child conversations to affect children’s development.