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Research interests

Zoe is a developmental psychologist interested in learning and literacy, across a range of ages, and in a variety of contexts.

Past research includes investigations into early literacy devlopment such as learning from shared reading interactions. This has included looking at the effects of different book formats, illustrations and reading styles on language and literacy acquisition. Other research investigated differences in parent-child shared reading interactions with different book formats, and the use of touchscreens during shared reading. Recent projects include community projects with home educating families in South East England. Current projects include other aspects of learning in the home and how learning environments (including online learning) support the timely acquisition of literacy skills, broader "life skills" and wellbeing.

I am a keen advocate of Open Scholarship, and share some of my resources, code and analyses on the Open Science Framework.  

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising projects relating to

  • the development of communication skills (e.g., early gesture/language development/pre-literacy and literacy acquisition)
  • Any aspect of shared reading interactions, including technology related
  • alternative education (home education/flexischooling/alternative settings)
  • learning within the home context



  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Home Education
  • Learning
  • Storybook
  • Literacy
  • Language
  • Education
  • Early Years
  • Shared Reading
  • L Education (General)
  • Alternative Education

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Research Output

The effects of changes in the referential problem space of infants and toddlers (Homo sapiens): Implications for cross-species comparisons

Clark, H., Flack, Z. & Leavens, D., 24 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Comparative Psychology. 134, 3, p. 330-340 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Studying Cognitive Development in Infants and Toddlers

    Sussex, U. & Flack, Z., 28 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development. John Wiley & Sons Ltd

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

  • Communication and Developmental Milestones

    Flack, Z. & Leavens, D., 16 Apr 2018, Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science : New York: Springer.

    Research output: Other contribution

    Pointing to visible and invisible targets

    Flack, Z., Naylor, M. & Leavens, D., 11 Jan 2018, In : Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. 42, 2, p. 221-236 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • The effects of shared storybook reading on word learning: a meta-analysis

    Flack, Z., Field, A. & Horst, J., 29 Mar 2018, In : Developmental Psychology. 54, 7, p. 1334-1346

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Activities

    British Education Research Association Annual Conference

    Amber Fensham-Smith (Participant) & Zoe Flack (Participant)

    8 Sep 2020

    Activity: EventsConference

    European Conference on Educational Research

    Zoe Flack (Participant), Kirsty Laing (Participant) & amber fensham-smith (Participant)

    26 Aug 2020

    Activity: EventsConference