Sunday, September 23, 2018
Welcome to the Social Cognition Lab
Department of Psychology, Queen's University

The Social Cognition Lab studies cognition from a developmental and evolutionary perspective. We examine the origins of our cognitive capacities in a comparative manner, studying infants, children, dogs, and, though collaboration, non-human primates.  Specifically, our research focuses on the development of social cognition, including the recognition of others’ goals and needs (e.g., intention reading, theory of mind), the imitative and empathetic responses to those goals and needs, and the development of prosocial behaviour.

Recent Publications
Olmstead, M.C., & Kuhlmeier, V.A. (2015). Comparative Cognition. Cambridge University Press.     Rutherford, M.D., & Kuhlmeier, V.A. (2013). Social Perception.  MIT/Bradford Press.

O'Neill, A.C., Kuhlmeier, V.A., & Craig, W. (2018).  Examining the association between parenting and psychosomatic problems:
Self-esteem as a mediator across ages in early adolescence.
International Journal of Adolescence and Youth. Taylor and Francis.

O'Neill, A.C., Swigger, K., & Kuhlmeier, V.A. (2018). Make The Connection’ parenting skills program: a controlled trial of associated improvement in maternal attitudesJournal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. Taylor and Francis.
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Robson, S.J., & Kuhlmeier, V.A. (2017).  Pretend play.  Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. New York, NY: Springer.

Kuhlmeier, V.A. (2017).  Sarah (Sally) Boysen.  Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior.  New York, NY: Springer.

Kuhlmeier, V.A. & Olmstead, M.C. (2016).  Keep Calm and Comp. Cog. On -- Commentary: A crisis in comparative psychology: where have all the undergraduates gone? Frontiers in Psychology, 7:20.

Sabbagh, M.A., Koenig, M.A., & Kuhlmeier, V.A. (2016).  Conceptual constraints and mechanisms in children's selective learning.  Developmental Science

Robson, S.J. & Kuhlmeier, V.A. (2016).  Infants’ understanding of object-directed action: An interdisciplinary synthesis.  
Frontiers in Psychology, 7:111. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00111

Robson, S.J., Lee, V., Kuhlmeier, V.A., & Rutherford, M.D. (2014).  Infants use contextual contingency to guide their interpretation of others'
goal-directed behavior.
  Cognitive Development, 31, 69-78.

Dunfield, K.A. & Kuhlmeier, V.A. (2013).  Classifying prosocial behaviour: children’s responses to instrumental need, emotional distress, and material desire. Child Development, 84, 1766-1776.

Dunfield, K.A., Kuhlmeier, V.A., & Murphy, L. (2013) Children's use of communicative intent in the selection of cooperative partners. PLOS ONE, 8(4): e61804. [Click here for summary]

Lee, V. & Kuhlmeier, V.A. (2013).  Young children show a dissociation in looking and pointing behavior in falling events. Cognitive Development, 28, 21-30.

Sabbagh, M., Benson, J., & Kuhlmeier, V.A. (2013). False belief understanding in preschoolers and infants. In: M. Legerstee, D. Haley, and M. Bornstein (Eds.), The Infant Mind: Origins of the Social Brain, Guilford Press.

Full list of publications

Information for Parents
The participants in our studies consist of parent and child volunteers who graciously offer their time and assistance. A visit takes about 45 minutes and is arranged at a time that is convenient for you. Our researchers are committed to making your visit a pleasant and fun learning experience.

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