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Julia Parish-Morris



I am a developmental psychologist interested in the connections between early social experience, language development, and social cognition. The social and linguistic heterogeneity characteristic of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) provides a rich opportunity to understand relationships between these different features, and I use a variety of research methods (infrared eye tracking, behavioral paradigms, computational linguistics) to explore this interplay across developmental time. Recent interests include identifying and characterizing precursors to Theory of Mind in toddlers (such as understanding goals and intentions) by tracking the direction and duration of children’s eye gaze, and linguistic markers of social ability and cognitive flexibility in school-aged children with and without ASD.

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