Francesco Poli, MSc
I am a Ph.D. student working at the Donders Institute on the cognitive mechanisms underlying infant’s learning and curiosity. I am also interested in measuring individual differences in infants’ cognitive abilities, to detect reliable early predictors of later cognitive performance and psychological wellbeing. In my research, I combine behavioral and eye-tracking methods with computational modeling.
These are some of the topics I am investigating:
- What is unique about the cognitive mechanisms underlying curiosity in infants and preschoolers?
- Can we predict developmental outcomes from early learning abilities? – How do environmental factors such as the mother’s stress levels or gut microbiota impact infants’ cognitive functioning?
Meyer, M., van Schaik, J. E., Poli, F., & Hunnius, S. (2021, October 29). How infant-directed actions enhance infants’ attention, learning, and exploration: Evidence from EEG and computational modeling.