Personal profile


I am a Vygotskian and a Developmental Psychologist. My main research interests are socio-cognitive development and imagination, specifically imaginary companions (ICs). I am currently investigating whether children with Autism create these entities. I have looked at ICs in terms of culture (Egyptian and English), private speech production, theory of mind, and other various socio-cognitive skills. I am planning to further investigate children’s private speech production longitudinally. Other interests include the development of audio verbal hallucination, early development of language, and developmental correlates of breastfeeding in infancy. 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Socio-cognitive development and imagination
  • Imaginary companions (ICs)
  • Whether children with Autism create these entities

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Research Output 2014 2018

Imaginary companions in children with autism spectrum disorder

Davis, P., Simon, H., Meins, E. & Robins, D. L. 21 Mar 2018 In : Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Autism Spectrum Disorder
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Children with Imaginary Companions Focus on Mental Characteristics When Describing Their Real-Life Friends

Davis, P., Meins, E. & Fernyhough, C. Dec 2014 In : Infant and Child Development. 23, 6, p. 622-633 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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