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Dr Pablo Torres
  • Research Associate
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

I trained as an Educational Psychologist at the School of Psychology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and obtained a PhD in Psychology of Education from the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. In terms of research, as part of my PhD, I researched the relationship between culture, teacher-student interaction, and children's self-regulation development and learning mindsets. In addition, I have been involved in the research of play since 2014, first as a researcher at the PLaNS project, and then as a researcher in the PEDAL Centre as part of the strand Social Play:Social Lives where I developed and tested a new comprehensive observational measure of social pretend play for children in their first years of schooling. I also have extensive experience working as a TA in classrooms (Chile, New Zealand, UK) which has given me a good insight into school and teaching-learning processes in practice. Today, I work at the UCL Knowledge Lab studying the influence that play technology could have on children's social interactions in heads-up outdoor social play and, as a consequence, on child development. 

Research Summary

I am an educational and developmental psychologist specializing in primary school years. My research has focused on understanding the relationship between social context and social interactions, on the one hand, and children’s motivation, learning and development (social and cognitive), on the other. At present I am particularly interested in understanding how play tech for social play could boost child development.

Teaching Summary

Fully dedicated to research at the moment.

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