I am a Scientist in the Developmental Neuroimaging Laboratory at the Center for Autism Research (The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) with an interdisciplinary background in cognitive sciences (experimental psychology, social sciences, and neuroscience). My doctoral and post-doctoral research has focused on humans’ unique social and communicative skills and in explaining why these are atypical in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). My research now explores the idea that social motivation is a driving force guiding human behavior and that disruption of these motivational mechanisms is a core deficit in autism. I am currently focusing on two main questions: What is the value of social stimuli in typical and atypical development? How can we accurately measure social motivation? Answering these questions requires interdisciplinary integration and the use of a variety of experimental techniques (including reaction times, behavioral studies, questionnaires, or eyetracking, etc.) which I combine in various research projects at CAR. You can visit my webpage at: https://sites.google.com/site/coraliechevallier/
Sample of Significant Publications
Chevallier, C., Grèzes, J., Molesworth, C., Berthoz, S. & Happé, F. (in press). Selective social anhedonia in high functioning autism. Journal of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Chevallier, C., Kohls, G., Troiani, V., Brodkin, E.S., Schultz, R.T. (in press). The Social Motivation Theory of Autism. Trends in Cognitive Sciences.
Chevallier, C., Molesworth, C. & Happé, F.. Diminished Social Motivation Negatively Impacts Reputation Management: Autism Spectrum Disorders as a Case in Point. PLoS ONE. 2012. 7(1): e31107.
Chevallier, C., Noveck, I., Happé, F., & Wilson, D. What's in a voice? Prosody as a test case for the Theory of Mind account of autism. Neuropsychologia. 2011. 49(3): 507-517.
Chevallier, C., Wilson, D., Happé, F. & Noveck, I. Scalar inferences in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2010. 40(9): 1104-1117.
Southgate, V.*, Chevallier, C.*, & Csibra, G. (*co-first authors). 17-month-olds appeal to false beliefs to interpret others' communication. Developmental Science. 2010. 13(6): 907–912.