Researcher biography

My name is Melissa Brinums and I am a PhD Candidate in the School of Psychology at UQ.

My research interests lie broadly in the field of developmental psychology, with a particular focus on cognitive development in preschool and primary school children.  My PhD investigates the age at which children start to regulate their own learning with the future in mind; in other words, when do children start to think about what skills and knowledge they will need for the future and set about acquiring these skills and knowledge without guidance or prompting from adults.  I am also interested in how we might facilitate these future-oriented learning behaviours in children.

My current project aims to discover ways in which we might help motivate young children to practice.

You can read more about my work on my ResearchGate profile.