Dr. Valerie Kuhlmeier

My research program explores cognition from a developmental and evolutionary perspective. I examine the origins of our cognitive capacities in a comparative manner, studying infants, young children, non-human primates, and dogs. 

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Amy O'Neill

My research program focuses on the experience of parenting young children and how these parent-child interactions foster social, emotional, and cognitive development. Clinically, I work to support children and their families experiencing challenges related to child development and mental health.

Scott Robson 

I am a PhD Candidate in Neuroscience.  I am interested in the cognitive development of infants, particularly in how young infants learn from observing the actions of others. 

Tara Karasewich

My research is focused on social cognitive development. I am specifically interested in the factors that influence young children’s prosocial behaviour and the impact that shyness has on their social interactions.

Sylvia Pinheiro

I am interested in the developmental and evolutionary foundations of prosocial behaviour, with particular focus on the interaction with language and culture.  I'm also an open science and science communication enthusiast.

Brooke Hilton

I am interested in how children form and revise beliefs. Specifically, I examine how children update their beliefs about other individuals, with the aim of understanding how cognitive mechanisms of belief formation connect with selective social behaviour. 

Olivia Holden
Lab Coordinator

I recently graduated from McGill University and now work as the Lab Coordinator for the Social Cognition Lab.

  • Oversee research interns

  • Assist in all aspects of data collection

  • Organize day-to-day operations of laboratory

Honour's Thesis Students


Kate Hollingshead

2018 -2019
Brooke Hilton

Shanahan Shan

Megan Kenney
Emily Pepper


Natanya Levine


Nina Buchenrieder


Ruxandra Filip
Rayna Edels


Zoe Paul
Kelsey Slobodian
Danielle Speck


Annamaria McAndrew
Madison Healey


Kathleen Merwin


Sydney Oastler
Raquel Martinez


Kyleigh Schraeder
Victoria Freeman


Jessica White


Sara Caird
Jenny Chu


Sarah Latimer


Lisa Hong
Katherine Chow


Kelly Anthony-Brown

Undergraduate Research Fellows

Brooke Hilton, NSERC, USRA

Brooke Hilton, Queen's ASURF

Ruxandra Filip, NSERC, USRA

Social Cognition Lab
Department of Psychology
62 Arch Street
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 3N6  Canada

(613) 533-2476 (Lab)
(613) 533-2478 (Dr. Kuhlmeier)

email: vk4@queensu.ca