Biography

I joined the Norwich Medical School in 2006 as a Lecturer in Psychology. I lead the Psychology theme for the MBBS course and teach Developmental and Health Psychology, and Consultation Skills. I supervise medical students' selected studies (SSS) in Psychology and ClinPsyD trainees' research projects.

My research has evolved from the study of children’s conceptual development in the domain of astronomy (the topic of my DPhil) to the study of children’s understanding of biology, the human body, and the concepts of life, health, illness and death. My current research explores the relationship between school children’s knowledge of the functioning of the human body and their ideas about what constitutes healthy food and physical activity. I am also interested in how culture and experience influence children’s reasoning in the biology domain.

Career History

2006 – date  Lecturer in Developmental and Health Psychology. Norwich Medical School, UEA
2003 – 2006  Lecturer in Developmental Psychology. School of Psychology, University of East London
2003             Post-doctoral Research Fellow. School of Psychology, University of East London
2001 – 2002  Visiting lecturer. Department of Psychology, Kingston University, London
2001 – 2002  Visiting lecturer. Centre for Social Work and Policy, Sussex University, Brighton

Academic Background

DPhil in Developmental Psychology, University of Sussex, Brighton (2003)
MSc in Health Psychology, City University, London (1995)
BSc Hons in Psychology, University of Crete, Greece (1993)

All Publications

Nobes, G., Panagiotaki, G., Engelhardt, P.

(2017)

The development of intention-based morality: The influence of intention salience and recency, negligence, and outcome on children’s and adults’ judgments,

in Developmental Psychology

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pp. 1895-1911

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Nobes, G., Panagiotaki, G., Bartholomew, K.

(2016)

The influence of intention, outcome and question-wording on children's and adults' moral judgments,

in Cognition

157

pp. 190–204

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Panagiotaki, G., Nobes, G., Ashraf, A., Aubby, H.

(2015)

British and Pakistani children's understanding of death: Cultural and developmental influences,

in British Journal of Developmental Psychology

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pp. 31-44

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Panagiotaki, G., Nobes, G.

(2014)

Cultural influences on children's understanding of the human body and the concept of life,

in British Journal of Developmental Psychology

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pp. 276–290

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Siegal, M., Nobes, G., Panagiotaki, G.

(2011)

Children's knowledge of the Earth,

in Nature Geoscience

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pp. 130-132

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Frède, V., Nobes, G., Frappart, S., Panagiotaki, G., Troadec, B., Martin, A.

(2011)

The acquisition of scientific knowledge: The influence of methods of questioning and analysis on the interpretation of children’s conceptions of the Earth,

in Infant and Child Development

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pp. 432-448

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Nobes, G., Panagiotaki, G., Pawson, C.

(2009)

The influence of negligence, intention, and outcome on children's moral judgments,

in Journal of Experimental Child Psychology

104

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pp. 382-397

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Nobes, G., Panagiotaki, G.

(2009)

Mental models or methodological artefacts? Adults' 'naïve' responses to a test of children's conceptions of the earth,

in British Journal of Psychology

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pp. 347-363

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Panagiotaki, G., Nobes, G., Potton, A.

(2009)

Mental models and other misconceptions in children's understanding of the earth,

in Journal of Experimental Child Psychology

104

pp. 52-67

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Panagiotaki, G., Nobes, G., Ashraf, A., Ikram, S., Lalji, S.

(2009)

Children's understanding of the human body, life and death: developmental and cultural influences.,

(Other)

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Gersch, I., Dowling, F., Panagiotaki, G., Potton, A.

(2008)

Listening to children's views of spiritual and metaphysical concepts: A new dimension to educational psychology practice,

in Educational Psychology in Practice

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pp. 225-236

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Nobes, G., Panagiotaki, G.

(2007)

Adults' representations of the earth: Implications for children's acquisition of scientific concepts,

in British Journal of Psychology

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pp. 645-665

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Panagiotaki, G., Nobes, G., Banerjee, R.

(2006)

Children's representations of the earth: A methodological comparison,

in British Journal of Developmental Psychology

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pp. 353-372

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Panagiotaki, G., Nobes, G., Banerjee, R.

(2006)

Is the world round or flat? Children's understanding of the earth,

in European Journal of Developmental Psychology

3

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pp. 124-141

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Nobes, G., Martin, A., Panagiotaki, G.

(2005)

The development of scientific knowledge of the Earth,

in British Journal of Developmental Psychology

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pp. 47-66

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Nobes, G., Moore, D. G., Martin, A. S., Clifford, B. R., Butterworth, G., Panagiotaki, G., Siegal, M.

(2003)

Children's understanding of the Earth in a multicultural community: mental models or fragments of knowledge?,

in Developmental Science

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pp. 72-85

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Laing, E., Butterworth, G., Ansaril, D., Gsödl, M., Longhi, E., Panagiotaki, G., Paterson, S., Skarmiloff-Smith, A.

(2002)

Atypical Development of Language and Social Communication in Toddlers with Williams Syndrome,

in Developmental Science

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pp. 233-246

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Key Research Interests

Children’s understanding of biology. This research explores children’s ‘naïve theories’ about a number of biological phenomena and how these theories emerge and develop during the school years. I am particularly interested in children's understanding of the human body, of the notion that our body works to keep us alive, and of death as a biological process. I am also interested in how children's culturally-specific experiences, exposure to illness or death, and conversations with adults shape their representations in the biology domain. For more information about this research please see http://www.bps.org.uk/news/young-children-understand-life-and-death and http://wamc.org/post/dr-georgia-panagiotaki-university-east-anglia-how-culture-shapes-understanding#stream/0

The development of children's reasoning about healthy eating and exercise. With colleagues from the Schools of Psychology and Education I am currently completing a large study with primary and secondary school children, and adults, that explores the relationship between understanding of nutrition and physical activity, parental attitudes towards healthy food and exercise, motivation to exercise, and children's/adults' health-related behaviours and physical fitness. We are interested in what children and adults know about the benefits of healthy food and exercise, how they explain these benefits in biological terms, how this knowledge develops with age, and whether it correlates with health behaviours.

Children’s moral development: children's understanding of social rules and authority; the factors that influence children's and adults' moral judgements, such as agents' intentions, their level of negligence (carelessness), and their actions' outcomes; the roles of parenting and peer interaction in the development of moral reasoning.

Children’s understanding of science: this ongoing research concerns the development of children’s scientific ideas, in particular their understanding of the shape of the earth, gravity and the day–night cycle. This research also investigates how different methods of testing (e.g., drawings and model selection tasks, open and closed interviews) influence the way children represent their knowledge. In collaboration with Dr Gavin Nobes at the School of Psychology, UEA, I completed an ESRC funded project that explored the origins of children's knowledge of the earth, the structure of their concepts, and how scientific understanding in the domain of astronomy is acquired https://sites.google.com/site/rgavinnobes/Understanding-the-earth

Research keywords

Conceptual development in childhood; Children's theories of biology; Reasoning about nutrition and physical activity; Children’s moral development; Children’s understanding of science

Postgraduate Research Student Supervision 

The development of children’s understanding of nutrition and physical activity

The development of children’s understanding of the human body, life and death

Cultural influences on children’s understanding of biology and health

Parental influences on the way children reason about biology

Teaching Interests

Developmental Psychology
Health Psychology
Consultation Skills
Supervision of students' SSS (Self Selected Studies) in Psychology


Administrative Posts

  • Theme Lead for the Psychology curriculum of the MBBS course
  • Member of the ATHENA SWAN MED group (see-saw)