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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.
 

Karasewich, T.A., Kuhlmeier, V.A., Beier, J.S., & Dunfield, K.A. (in press). Getting help for others: An examination of indirect helping in young children.
Developmental Psychology
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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 
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O'Neill, A.C., Swigger, K., & Kuhlmeier, V.A. (2018). Make The Connection’ parenting skills program: a controlled trial of associated improvement in maternal attitudes
Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology 
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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: Comparative Psychology
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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: Developmental Psychology
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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

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

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