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Dr. Diane Poulin-Dubois


Diane Poulin-Dubois, Ph.D.

(Ph.D. Psychology 1983; Université de Montréal)


Professor, Department of Psychology
Concordia University

7141 Sherbrooke Street, West
Montreal, Quebec, H4B 1R6


Tel: 514-848-2424 ext. 2219

Website: DPD Lab





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 (funded by 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. Fi (funded by SSHRC and FQRSC). Finally, I am part of an international research team that is conducting a 5-year longitudinal study on literacy and bilingualism (funded by NICHD). 





Chiarella, S., Kristen, S., Poulin-Dubois, D., & Sodian, B. (in press).  Concurrent relations between perspective-taking skills, desire understanding, and internal state vocabulary.  Journal of Cognition and Development.


Poulin-Dubois, D & Yott, J. (in press).  Fonctions exécutives et théorie de l’esprit chez le jeune enfant: une relation réciproque?  Psychologie Francaise.


Poulin-Dubois, D., Bialystok, E., Blaye, A., *Polonia, A., & Yott, J. (in press).  Lexical access and vocabulary development in very young bilinguals.  International Journal of Bilingualism.


Brooker, I. & Poulin-Dubois, D. (2013).  "Is a bird an apple? The effect of speaker labeling accuracy on infants’ word learning, imitation, and helping behaviours.  Infancy, 1-23.