Saturday, February 17, 2018
Welcome to the Infant Cognition Group
Department of Psychology, Queen's University

The Infant Cognition Group studies cognition from a developmental and evolutionary perspective. We examine the origins of our cognitive capacities in a comparative manner, studying infants, young 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.

Our team consists of Dr. Valerie Kuhlmeier and an energetic group of graduate and undergraduate students. On our website you can meet the research team, learn about our ongoing studies, download our publications and presentations, view our photo gallery, and find out how to participate. Also, you will find links to our collaborators and other sites of interest.

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.

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.

Learn more on the Parents Page

The Child and Adolescent Development Group at Queen's is a group of labs that includes us (The Infant Cognition Group) You can visit the main site here, visit us on Facebook, or see our twitter feed below.

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