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Office: Evaristus 413

Phone: (902) 457-6593

E-Mail: michelle.eskritt@msvu.ca

B.A. (Windsor)
M.A. (Queen’s)
Ph.D. (Queen’s)

Research Interests

I am interested in cognitive development across the lifespan, and more specifically:

  • How we externalize our memory with symbols and its influence on our cognitive processing (e.g., relying on smart phones)
  • Children and adults’ understanding of nonverbal communication in different contexts such as deception or when communicating online
  • Adolescent judgment and reasoning abilities


Selected Publications

Eskritt, M., Fraser, B., & Bosacki, S. (2022). Did you just lie to me? Deception detection in face to face versus computer mediated communication. Journal of Social Psychology, 162(5), 566-579. https://doi.org/10.1080/00224545.2021.1933884

Eskritt, M., & Walsh, K. (2021). Executive functioning and external symbols: The role of symbolic understanding and psychological distancing. Journal of Genetic Psychology182(2), 116-121. https://doi.org/10.1080/00221325.2020.1869682 

O’Rouke, S., Eskritt, M., & Bosacki, S. (2018). Communication, compassion, and computers: Adolescents’ and adults’ evaluations of online and face-to-face deception. Journal of Adolescence65, 133-140. DOI:10.1016/j.adolescence.2018.03.010

Eskritt, M., & Lee, K. (2016). The detection of prosocial lying by children. Infant and Child Development26, e1969. DOI: 10.1002/icd.1969  

Eskritt, M., Doucette, J., & Robitaille, L. (2014). Does future oriented thinking predict adolescent decision-making? Journal of Genetic Psychology, 175, 163-179. DOI: 10.1080/00221325.2013.875886  

Eskritt, M. & Ma, S. (2014).  Intentional forgetting: Note-taking as a naturalistic example. Memory & Cognition, 42, 237-246. doi: 10.3758/s13421-013-0362-1 

Eskritt, M., & Olson, D. R. (2012). From depiction to notation: How children use symbols to represent objects & events. Journal of Cognition and Development, 13(2), 189-207. DOI: 10.1080/15248372.2011.590786

Eskritt, M., & Lee, K. (2009).Children’s informational reliance during inconsistent communication: The public-private distinction. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 104, 214-228. Click here to read this article

Eskritt, M., Whalen, J., & Lee, K. (2008). Young children’s recognize violations of the Gricean maxims. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 26(3), 435-443. Click here to read this article

Eskritt, M., & McLeod, K. (2008). Children’s note-taking as a mnemonic tool. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 101,52-74. Click here to read this article

Freire, A., Eskritt, M., & Lee, K. (2004). Are eyes windows to a deceiver’s soul? Children’s use of another’s eye gaze cues in a deceptive situation, Developmental Psychology, 40, 1093-1104. Click here to read this article