Concordia University

Diane Poulin-Dubois, PhD

Professor, Psychology

Office: L-PY 170-17 
Psychology Building,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2219
Website(s): Lab Website
CRDH Website


PhD (Université de Montréal)

Research interests

My 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.   Current studies explore the origins of conceptual and perceptual categories, such as the animate-inanimate distinction and the acquisition of lexical categories by English-, French- and Japanese-speaking children (NSERC).   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. (SSHRC, FQRSC).

Selected publications

Chow, V., & Poulin-Dubois, D. (2009). The effect of a looker’s past reliability on infants’ reasoning about beliefs. Developmental Psychology, 45, 1576-1582.

Olineck, K, & Poulin-Dubois, D. (2009). Infants’ understanding of intention from 10 to 14 months: Interrelations among visual attention and imitation tasks. Infant Behavior and Development, 32, 404-415.

O’Connell, L., Poulin-Dubois, D., Demke, T., & Guay, A. (2009). Do infants use gaze direction to infer the referential intent of a nonhuman speaker? Infancy, 14, 414-438.

Poulin-Dubois, D., Brooker, I., & Chow, V. (2009). The developmental origins of naïve psychology in infancy. In P. J. Bauer (Ed.), Advances in Child Development and Behavior: Vol. 37. San Diego, CA: Elsevier Academic Press

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