Juan-Carlos conducts research on the development of prelinguistic communication and early theories of mind in human infants and in great apes and monkeys. He also researches the abnormal development of these abilities in children with autism.
Amanda studies the evolution of flexible behaviour and abstract thought. A focus of her work has been investigating the extent to which non-human primates and human children solve problems using object concepts and causal reasoning. She also studies executive function and episodic cognition; exploring how these different cognitive skills combine to affect performance on problem-solving tasks. She is also interested in the cognition of large-brained animals such as corvids and parrots, and comparing species to uncover common principles for the evolution of intelligence.
Derek’s research focuses on foundational issues about thought, representation, and consciousness. He is especially interested in how thought is shaped by experiences and environment, and in the foundations of formal semantics and pragmatics.
Herman works in philosophy of language, philosophical methodology, and related areas in epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind.
Klaus’ main research interest is the evolution of intelligence and origins of language. His research focuses on the mental mechanisms underlying non-human primate communication and behaviour, both in the field and in the lab.
Deirdre is a British linguist and cognitive scientist. Her main research interest is in pragmatics: her book Presuppositions and Non-Truth-Conditional Semantics (Academic Press, 1975) advocated a pragmatic approach to presuppositions, and her long-standing collaboration with Dan Sperber has led to publications on a wide variety of pragmatic topics, from disambiguation and reference resolution to rhetoric and style. With Robyn Carston, she is currently completing a three-year research project on lexical pragmatics funded by the AHRC.