Institutions: Department of Psychology, Concordia University
Diane’s research interests center on early cognitive and language development. A first area of research concerns the development of categorization abilities and the development of word meaning in infancy and early childhood. A second area of research concerns early social cognition, particularly the development of a theory of mind during the first two years of life. At what age and how infants attribute desires, emotions, and intentions is currently being examined by comparing infants’ behaviors towards people and robots. One goal of this research program is to develop screening instruments for autism spectrum disorders.