Victoria Talwar

Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP)



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PhD Queen's University
MA University of St. Andrews


Research Interests

I am interested in children’s social-cognitive development. My research interests include children’s verbal deception, children’s moral development, theory-of-mind understanding and behaviour; children’s expressive display rule knowledge and behaviour. In addition, I have investigated issues related to child witness testimony including child witness credibility and competence, lie detection and jury decision making. I am also interested in the influence of cross-cultural factors and attitudes to lying behaviour.

Scholarly/supervision interests

Development of lying in children, including the cognitive-cultural-social factors affecting children's conceptual and moral knowledge about lying, theory of mind, and child witness testimony.

Current Research Grants

Dr. Talwar has received funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Fonds de Recherche sur la Societe et la Culture (FQRSC), and the National Science Foundation.