Between 6th - 8th April, PhD student Mihaela Taranu participated at the biennial meeting organized by the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD17) which was held in Austin, Texas. She presented a poster titled: "Visual and Auditory bistability in 6, 8 and 10-year olds. Executive function and creativity effects”. This research, supervised by Dr. Marina Wimmer and Prof. Sue Denham is part of her PhD thesis and shows that there are changes in bistable perception that occurs between 6 and 10 years of age (as shown by an increase in the number of stimuli reversed and the number of switches). Furthermore, there was found that inhibitory control and creativity allows perceptual switching to occur in children. This is the first study to show a developmental trajectory in perceptual switching in visual and auditory bistable perception.
The SRCD is the biggest conference that gathers together scientists interested in developmental science from all over the world. At each edition, more than 6000 developmental professionals and other researchers attend. The overarching theme of this year's conference was: Developmental Science and Society and had an amazing program, with hundreds of presentations and thousands of posters.