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Hayley Gains


Research Assistant

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  • BSc Psychology, Durham University

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I am a research assistant for the Strand C project, “Does play have a role in School?”, in the Centre for Play in Education, Development and Learning. I am particularly interested in how Executive Functions support behavioural regulation in dynamic settings, such as the classroom. In my previous role as Research Assistant at Durham University, I investigated the effect of toy dolls on children’s body confidence, as well as Executive Function and aggression among Primary School children.

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Research Topics

  • The development of Executive Functions
  • Self-regulation of Behaviour and Emotion
  • The role of the classroom environment in early development
  • The role of play in early development

Current Research Project(s)

  • Executive functions in context
  • The role of play in early development