Dr Julie Kirkham and Msc Family and Child student Lauren Fletcher to present collaborative research at the BPS Developmental Section Conference in Belfast

Posted on 22nd June 2016

Postgraduate student Lauren Fletcher and her supervisor Dr Julie Kirkham have recently had their research accepted at the annual British Psychological Society (BPS) developmental section conference taking place in Belfast in September 2016.

It has been wonderful to supervise Lauren during the Family and Child MSc and to have the quality of her work recognised at national level.
Dr Julie Kirkham

Their collaborative research investigates the relationship between 4-5 year-old children’s language, play and creative abilities and was collected for Lauren’s MSc dissertation project. The results suggest that children who have better expressive language and show greater cognitive skills in their play are more likely to demonstrate increased creativity in a drawing task.

Dr Julie Kirkham said: “It has been wonderful to supervise Lauren during the Family and Child MSc and to have the quality of her work recognised at national level. Creativity is a crucial skill, showing flexible thought processes, problem solving and originality. This research highlights the value of language and play experiences to maintaining and promoting children’s creativity, particularly at the start of formal primary school education.”

To find out more about Julie’s work, please visit her staff profile:

http://www.chester.ac.uk/psychology/academic-staff/j-kirkham