Dr. Victoria Southgate
Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellow
Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development
School of Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX
Phone: +44 (0)20 7079 0764
Fax: +44 (0)20 7631 6587
I am interested both in how infants learn about other people and how they learn from other people. Part of my research focuses on how infants make sense of other people and their actions, from how the infant brain processes people and actions, to infants understanding that actions are driven by epistemic and volitional states and that sometimes these might differ from the infants own. A second part of my research involves understanding how infants interpret other people's communication, and how this functions to ensure the efficient acquisition of cultural knowledge.
Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellow, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College (October 2009 - 2014)
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College (October 2004 - 2009)
PhD Psychology, University of St Andrews, 2005.
de Klerk, C.C.J.M., Johnson, M.H., & Southgate, V. (in press). An EEG study on the somatotopic organisation of sensorimotor cortex activation during action execution and observation in infancy. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.
Begus, K., Southgate, V., & Gliga, T. (in press). Neural mechanisms of infant learning: Differences in frontal theta activity during object exploration modulate subsequent object recognition. Biology Letters.
Begus, K., Gliga, T., & Southgate, V. (2014). Infants learn what they want to learn: Responding to infant pointing leads to superior learning. PLoS One, 9(10)
de Klerk, C.C.J.M., Johnson, M.H., Heyes, C.M., & Southgate, V. (2014). Baby Steps: Investigating the development of perceptual-motor couplings in infancy. Developmental Science, 18(2), 270-280.
Southgate, V., Begus, K., Lloyd-Fox, S., di Gangi, V., & Hamilton, A. (2014). Goal representation in the infant brain. Neuroimage, 85, 294-301.
Southgate, V., & Vernetti, A. (2014). Belief-based action prediction in preverbal infants. Cognition, 130, 1-10.
Southgate, V. (2014). Early manifestations of mind reading. In S. Baron-Cohen, H. Tager-Flusberg & M. Lombardo (Eds.), Understanding Other Minds, 3rd Edition. Oxford University Press.
Southgate, V. (2013). Does infant behaviour provide support for the mirror neuron theory of action understanding? Consciousness and Cognition, 22, 1114-1121.
Southgate, V., & Begus, K. (2013). Motor activation during the observation of non-executable actions in infants. Psychological Science, 24(6), 828-835.
Gliga, T., & Southgate, V. (2012). A brain prepared for a social world. In C. Brownell & V. Slaughter (Eds.) Early Development of Body Representations. Cambridge University Press.
Senju, A., Southgate, V., Miura, Y., Matsui, T., Hasegawa, T., Tojo, Y., Osanai, H., & Csibra, G. (2010). Absence of spontaneous action anticipation by false belief attribution in children with autism spectrum disorder. Development and Psychopathology, 22, 353-360.
Southgate, V., Gergely, G., & Csibra, G. (2008). Does the mirror neuron system and its impairment explain human imitation and autism? In J.A. Pineda (Ed.), The Role of Mirroring Processes in Social Cognition. Humana Press.
Southgate, V., & Meints, K. (2000). Typicality, naming and category membership in young children. Cognitive Linguistics, Special Issue: Language Acquisition, 11 (1/2), 1-12.