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Research interests

Zoe is a developmental psychologist. Her interests lie in how children of various ages learn from everyday contexts.

Zoe's past research included investigations into learning from shared reading interactions; implications for different book formats, and reading styles. Current research considers differences in parent-child shared reading interactions with different book formats, and the role of touchscreens during shared reading. Other research projects include improving our understanding of home education, and how such learning in the home is being used to support literacy skills, broader "life skills" and wellbeing. 


  • 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.

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