Yuyan Luo

Yuyan Luo
Associate Professor
20 McAlester Hall
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I study cognitive development, with a focus on infant cognition. My research examines what infants know about the world around them. For example, what do infants know about agents' intentions and perceptions? What do infants know about physical objects and substances? By finding out answers to questions like these, I hope to better understand how infants acquire knowledge and how this development influences cognition more generally.

Selected Publications: 

Choi, Y., Luo, Y., & Baillargeon, R. (in press). Can 5-month-olds consider the perspective of a novel eyeless agent? New evidence for early mentalistic reasoning. Child Development.

Luo, Y., & Pattanakul, D. (2020). Infant expectations of instant or delayed gratification. Scientific Reports, 10, 1-7.

Markson, L., & Luo, Y. (2020). Trust in early childhood. Advances in Child Development and Behavior, 58, 138-162.

Choi, Y., Mou, Y., & Luo, Y. (2018). How do three-month-old infants attribute preferences to a human agent? Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 172, 96-106.

Choi, Y., Song, H., & Luo, Y. (2018). Infants' understanding of the definite/indefinite article in a third-party communicative situation. Cognition, 175, 69-76.

Luo, Y., Hennefield, L., Mou, Y., vanMarle, K., & Markson, L. (2017). Infants’ understanding of preferences when agents make inconsistent choices. Infancy, 22, 843-856.

Mou, Y., & Luo, Y. (2017). Is it a container? Young infants’ understanding of containment events. Infancy, 22, 256-270.

Choi, Y., & Luo, Y. (2015). 13-month-olds' understanding of social interactions. Psychological Science, 26, 274-283.

Mou, Y., Province, J. M., & Luo, Y. (2014). Can infants make transitive inferences? Cognitive Psychology, 68, 98-112.

Luo, Y., & Choi, Y. (2013). Infants attribute mental states to nonhuman agents. In M. D. Rutherford, &V. A. Kuhlmeier (Eds.), Social Perception: Detection and Interpretation of Animacy, Agency, and Intention (pp. 259-283). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Luo, Y., & Choi, Y. (2012). Infants attribute to agents goals and dispositions: Commentary on Hernik and Southgate. Developmental Science, 15, 727-728.

Luo, Y. (2011). Do 10-month-old infants understand others’ false beliefs? Cognition, 121, 289-298.

Luo, Y. (2011). Three-month-old infants attribute goals to a non-human agent. Developmental Science, 14, 453-460.

Luo, Y. (2010). Do 8-month-old infants consider situational constraints when interpreting others’ gaze as goal-directed action? Infancy, 15, 392-419.

Luo, Y., & Baillargeon, R. (2010). Toward a mentalistic account of early psychological reasoning. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19, 301-307.

Luo, Y., & Beck, W. (2010). Do you see what I see? Infants’ reasoning about others’ incomplete perceptions. Developmental Science, 13, 134-142.

Baillargeon, R., Wu, D., Yuan, S., Li, J., & Luo, Y. (2009). Young infants’ expectations about self-propelled objects. In B. Hood, & L. Santos (Eds.), The Origins of Object Knowledge (pp. 285-352). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Luo, Y., & Johnson, S. C. (2009). Recognizing the role of perception in action at 6 months. Developmental Science, 12, 142-149.

Luo, Y., Kaufman, L., & Baillargeon, R. (2009). Young infants’ reasoning about physical events involving inert and self-propelled objects. Cognitive Psychology, 58, 441-486.

Johnson, S. C., Ok, S., & Luo, Y. (2007). The attribution of attention: Nine-month-olds’ interpretation of gaze as goal-directed action. Developmental Science, 10, 530-537.

Luo, Y., & Baillargeon, R. (2007). Do 12.5-month-old infants consider what objects others can see when interpreting their actions? Cognition, 105, 489-512.

Baillargeon, R., Li, J., Luo, Y., & Wang, S. (2006). Under what conditions do infants detect continuity violations? In M. H. Johnson, & Y. Munakata (Eds.), Processes of Change in Brain and Cognitive Development: Attention and Performance, XXI, (pp. 163-188). New York: Oxford University Press.

Luo, Y., & Baillargeon, R. (2005). Can a self-propelled box have a goal? Psychological reasoning in 5-month-old infants. Psychological Science, 16, 601-608.

Luo, Y., & Baillargeon, R. (2005). When the ordinary seems unexpected: Evidence for incremental physical knowledge in young infants. Cognition, 95, 297-328.

Luo, Y., Baillargeon, R., Brueckner, L., & Munakata, Y. (2003). Reasoning about a hidden object after a delay: Evidence for robust representations in 5-month-old infants. Cognition, 88, B23-B32.

Baillargeon, R., & Luo, Y. (2002). Development of object concept. Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science, Vol. 3, (pp. 387-391). London, UK: Nature Publishing Group.