Department of Education

Dr Sophie Turnbull

Research Officer

Sophie Turnbull is a research officer working on the KindOx project.

The KindOx project is a collaboration between Ferrero international and three research groups in the Department of Education: Applied Linguistics, Learning and New Technologies, and Families, Effective Learning, and Literacy. The project aims to use an app developed for children by Ferrero (the Magic Kinder app) to examine key questions about children’s learning with technology, with a focus on language and literacy skills.

Sophie’s research interests lie in children’s cognitive and emotional development, particularly in in how areas of development interact to affect children’s learning and well-being.

Before joining the Department of Education, Sophie studied for her PhD in Psychology at the University of Sheffield. Her doctoral research in collaboration with Dr Daniel Carroll focused on the impact of emotional states on children’s self-control. Prior to her PhD, Sophie gained a MEd on the Mind, Brain and Education programme at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a BA in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford.


  • Conference papers

    • TURNBULL, S, Byrne, A, Carroll, D (2017) Effects of mood on delay of gratification in primary school children.

    • TURNBULL, S, Byrne, A, Carroll, D (2017) Do you feel like waiting? The impact of children’s mood on delaying gratification. (Brighton)

    • TURNBULL, S, Carroll, D (2016) “Think happy thoughts!”: positive mood and delaying gratification in children. (Belfast)

    • TURNBULL, S, Hoicka, E, Carroll, D (2016) How does mood affect task-switching in 7- to 8-year-olds?.

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