The Mini me research lab is dedicated to investigating the early development of self-awareness, and run by Dr. Josephine Ross, senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Dundee. The lab currently hosts four PhD students.

Dr Josephine Ross

I am interested in exploring the functional role of the development of ‘an idea of me’ in social cognition and social behaviour. I am also interested in the early social construction of self, and the links between this and related capacities such as theory of mind and attachment. Follow the links on the menu bar to learn more about my research themes, and the work of my students.

You can also listen to me discuss my research here, or read my explanation of self development and its importance to non-psychologists, here. If you are interested in joining the lab, taking part in a research project with your child, or have any questions about our projects please send me a message (minimelab@dundee.ac.uk).

In 2020/21 the mini me lab is growing up! I am delighted to be taking up a British Academy Fellowship aimed at exploring theoretical links between the development of self, and the dissolution of self with age, and in memory conditions such as dementia. You can read more about this idea here.