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Dr. Jennifer Clegg-Petz


Assistant Professor

UAC 253F

Office Hours: Mon 11:30-1:30, Fri 1:30-2:30, & by appt.



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Research Information

My research program examines the developmental foundations of children's tools for social learning in different contexts across diverse cultural settings. Broadly, my works falls into two different, but interrelated, lines of research:

(1) The development of flexible imitation as a tool for cultural learning

(2) Children's learning in interactions with caregivers and peers

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Areas of Interest

Cognitive Psychology

Cross-cultural/International Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Social Psychology


Selected Publications:
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Wen, N.J., Clegg, J.M., & Legare, C.H. (2017). Smart conformists: Children and adolescents associate conformity with intelligence across cultures. Child Development.

Clegg, J.M., Wen, N.J., & Legare, C.H. (2017). Is non-conformity WEIRD?: Cultural variation in adults' beliefs about children's conformity and competency. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Clegg, J.M. & Legare, C.H. (2017). Parent scaffolding of flexible imitation in early childhood. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 153, 1-14.

Clegg, J.M. & Legare, C.H. (2016). A cross-cultural comparison of children's imitative flexibility. Developmental Psychology, 52, 1435-1444.

Clegg, J.M. & Legare, C.H. (2016). Instrumental and conventional interpretations of behavior are associated with distinct outcomes in early childhood. Child Development, 87, 527-542.