Our Team

Melanie Glenwright

Lab Director

Melanie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Manitoba. Her research interests include children’s understanding of gossip, sarcasm, and prosocial teasing. She’s also interested in examining how this understanding is influenced by cues, culture, perspective taking skills, and empathy in adolescence and adulthood.

Caelan Budhoo

Masters Student

Caelan’s Master’s thesis is examining why people gossip. His research project is investigating the relative strength of listener relevance and group norms as cues to gossip for children, adolescents, and adults.

Liberty McAuley

PURE Award Student & Honours Student

Liberty will be working on a PURE award research project in the summer of 2023. She will be starting her Honours thesis in September 2023.

Jordanna Smith

Honours Student

Jordanna’s Honours thesis aims to determine how self-esteem is influenced by short term gossip activity in adults.

Aspen Shier

Honours Student

Aspen will be starting her Honours thesis in September 2023.

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