Professor Norman H Freeman

M.A., Ph.D.(Cantab.), F.B.Ps.S.

  • BS8 1TU

1991 …2019

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Personal profile

Research interests

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. When I began, there had been no hypothesis-testing tradition with children's pictorial representation (apart from one precocious study in 1897). 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. All illuminate the complexity of representational changes.

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Projects

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP

Freeman, N. H.

1/01/041/01/05

Project: Research

Research Output

  • 54 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 18 Chapter in a book
  • 3 Conference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)

Children readily think about people’s minds when they think about artworks

Allen, M. L. & Freeman, N. H., 16 Sep 2019, In : Empirical studies of the arts. 38, 1, p. 81-89 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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    Young children show representational flexibility when interpreting drawings

    Allen, M. L., Nurmsoo, E. & Freeman, N., Feb 2016, In : Cognition. 147, p. 21-28 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
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    Educating the design stance

    Freeman, N. H. & Allen, M. L., Apr 2013, In : Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 36, 2, p. 141-142 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Activities

    • 2 Editorial activity

    British Journal of Developmental Psychology (Journal)

    Norman H Freeman (Editor)

    1992

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    British Journal of Psychology (Journal)

    Norman H Freeman (Editor)

    1992

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Supervised Work

    Can the child witness provide accurate testimony?

    Author: Williams, S., 2001

    Supervisor: Freeman, N. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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