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Name Professor Norman Freeman
Job title Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development
Department School of Experimental Psychology University of Bristol
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Qualifications MA, PhD(Cantab), FBPsS
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Keywords cognition
development
preschool
theory of mind
number
drawing
domain specific learning
Areas of expertise I work in cognition, mostly trying to model and test hypotheses about representational development, where I have invented a few experimental techniques. I focused initially on picture-production and have moved to analysing the conceptual change in children’s beliefs about pictures, their theory of pictures. The application was in art-education, where I have been active.

I published methods for posing simple pictorial puzzles, and rules for inferring children's strategies of bringing visual order onto a page. My second aim had been to acquire a range of cognitive research skills so as to be able flexibly to promote research as and when circumstances demanded. I transferred the same set of research habits collaboratively to publish refereed papers on topics as diverse as phonological impairment, effects of early cardiac surgery, semantic change, infant spatial search, theory-of-mind inference, early counting.