Tuesday, November 19, 2019

My research focus is on cognitive development during infancy and early childhood.  I am currently investigating how context influences infant goal attribution, how this skill develops, and how others' goals are represented in the brain.  I approach these research questions with an evolutionary and comparative framework.


At Queen's University:

Teaching Assistant:

Psychology 205: Lab. in Comparative Cognition: Animal Learning
Psychology 250(2016): Intro. to Comparative Cognition (Online)
Psychology 355: Comparative Cognition (Lecture)
Psychology 355(2017): Lab. in Comp. Cognition: Cognitive Origins
Psychology 251: Developmental Psychology

Primary Instructor:

Psychology 355: Comparative Cognition (Lecture)

Publications and Presentations

Robson, S.J., & Kuhlmeier, V.A. (2017).  Pretend play.  Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. Springer.

Robson, S.J., & Kuhlmeier, V.A. (2016).  Infants’ understanding of object-directed action: An interdisciplinary synthesis.  Frontiers in Psychology, 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. 

Kuhlmeier, V.A., & Robson, S.J.  (2012).  Diagnosing goal attribution: commentary on Hernik and Southgate. Developmental Science, 15, 725-726.

Robson, S., & Kuhlmeier, V.A. (April, 2013).  Selectivity promotes 9-month old infants to encode the goals of others. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

Robson, S.J., Lee, V., Kuhlmeier, V.A., & Rutherford, M.D. (2012).  Can Infants Attribute Multiple Preferences to Others? Poster presented at the biannual meeting of the International Conference on Infant Studies, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Robson, S.J. & Gibb, R.L. (2008).  The behavioural effects of diazepam, fluoxetine and caffeine on maternal reaching and appetite. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington D.C.

Wright, J., Robson, S.J, Alaverdashvili, M., Whishaw, I.Q., & Cross, A.R. (2007). Manganese Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Toxicity Issues in Single Pellet Reaching Task in Rats. Poster presentation at the Alberta Biomedical Engineering Conference, Banff, AB, Canada.

Contact Information

Email: 9sr58@queensu.ca

Department of Psychology
Queen's University
62 Arch Street
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

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