Maciek completed his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, and subsequently completed both a Master's degree and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Maciek's research in the K.I.D. Studies Centre investigated selective overimitation. He subtly manipulated sources of information that both children and adults are exposed to, and then measured what they learned from whom. This has included looking at whether children proclivity to "overimitate"-to imitate patently redundant actions that adults take- is sensitive to the model's prestige. Dr. Chudek, along with Sarah Heller, Susan Birch, and Joseph Henrich, were the recipients of the Margo Wilson Prize in 2012 for their paper "Prestige-biased cultural learning: bystander's differential attention to potential models influences children's learning." Dr. Chudek is currently undertaking postdoctoral research at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University.
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