Articles & Proceeding Papers

Doan, T., Castro, A., Bonawitz, E., & Denison, S. (2020). “Wow, I did it!”: Unexpected success increases preschoolers’ exploratory play on a later task. Cognitive Development. [open data] [postprint]

Gualtieri, S. & Denison, S. (2020). Examining developmental change in children’s information use.  In S. Denison., M. Mack, Y. Xu, & B.C. Armstrong (Eds.), Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2173-2178). Cognitive Science Society.

Nancekivell, S.E., Denison, S., & Friedman, O. (2020). Preschoolers recognize that losses loom larger than gains. In S. Denison., M. Mack, Y. Xu, & B.C. Armstrong (Eds.), Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1283-1288). Cognitive Science Society.

Nancekivell, S., Ho, V., & Denison, S. (2020). Who knows what? Preschoolers appreciate the link between ownership and knowledge. Developmental Psychology, 56(5), 880–887. [open data] [preprint

Attisano, E., & Denison, S. (2020). Infants’ reasoning about samples generated by intentional versus non‐intentional agents. Infancy 25, 110–124[open data] [preprint]

Doan, T., Friedman, O., & Denison, S. (2020). Young children use probability to infer happiness and the quality of outcomes. Psychological Science 31(2):149-159. [open data] [postprint ]

Gualtieri, S., Buchsbaum, D., & Denison, S. (2019, advanced online publication). Young children selectively use testimony information when it conflicts with base-rates. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. [open data] [preprint]

Denison, S., & Xu, F. (2019). Infant statisticians: The origins of reasoning under uncertainty. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 14, 499-509

Gualtieri, S. & Denison, S. (2019). A comprehensive examination of preschoolers’ probabilistic reasoning abilities. In A. K. Goel, C. M. Seifert, & C. Freksa (Eds.), Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 380-386). Montreal, QB: Cognitive Science Society.

Doan, T., Friedman, O., & Denison, S. (2018). Children use probability to infer other people’s happiness. In T.T. Rogers, M. Rau, X. Zhu, & C. W. Kalish (Eds.), Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1628-1632). Madison, WI: Cognitive Science Society.

Gualtieri, S., & Denison, S. (2018). The development of the representativeness heuristic in young childrenJournal of Experimental Child Psychology, 174, 60-76. [open data] [preprint]

Doan, T., Friedman, O., & Denison, S. (2018). Beyond belief: The probability-based notion of surprise in childrenEmotion, 18(8), 1163. [open data] [postprint]

Tecwyn, E.C., Denison, S., Messer, E.J.E. & Buchsbaum, D. (2017). Intuitive probabilistic inference in capuchin monkeysAnimal Cognition, 20, 243-256

Yeung, H. H., Denison, S., & Johnson, S. P. (2016). Infants' looking to surprising events: When eye-tracking reveals more than looking timePLoS ONE11(12), e0164277

Pesowski, M., Denison, S., & Friedman, O. (2016). Young Children infer preferences from a single action, but not if it is constrained. Cognition, 155, 168-175

Gualtieri, S. & Denison, S. (2016). The development of heuristics in children: Base-rate neglect and representativeness. In Papafragou, A., Grodner, D., Mirman, D., & Trueswell, J.C. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. (pp. 2117-2122).

Doan, T., Denison, S., Lucas, C., & Gopnik, A. (2015). Learning to reason about desires: An infant training study. In D.C. Noelle, R. Dale, A.S. Warlaumont, J. Yoshimi, T. Matlock, C.D. Jennings, & P.P. Maglio (Eds.), Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society (pp. 578-583).

Bonawitz, E., Denison, S., Griffiths, T.L., & Gopnik, A. (2014). Probabilistic models, learning algorithms, response variability: sampling in cognitive developmentTrends in Cognitive Sciences, 18(10), 497-500.

Bonawitz, E., Denison, S., Gopnik, A., & Griffiths, T.L. (2014). Win-Stay, Lose-Sample: A simple sequential algorithm for approximating Bayesian inferenceCognitive Psychology, 74, 35-65.

Denison, S., Trikutam, P., & Xu, F. (2014). Probability versus representativeness in infancy: Can infants use naïve physics to adjust population base rates in probabilistic inference? Developmental Psychology, 50, 2009-2019.

Denison, S., & Xu, F. (2014). The origins of probabilistic inference in human infantsCognition, 130(3), 335-347.

Denison, S., Bonawitz, E.B., Gopnik, A., & Griffiths, T.L. (2013). Rational variability in children’s causal inferences: The  sampling hypothesisCognition, 126(2), 285-300.

Denison, S., Reed, C., & Xu, F. (2013). The emergence of probabilistic reasoning in very young infants: Evidence from 4.5- and 6-month-oldsDevelopmental Psychology, 49(2), 243-249.

Bonawitz, E.B., Denison, S., Chen, A., Gopnik, A., & Griffiths,T.L (2011). A simple sequential algorithm for approximating Bayesian inference. In L. Carlson, C. Holscher, & T.F. Shipley (Eds.) Proceedings of the 33rd annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 885-890).

Denison, S., Reed, C., & Xu, F. (2011). The emergence of probabilistic reasoning in very young infants. In L. Carlson, C. Holscher, & T.F. Shipley (Eds.) Proceedings of the 33rd annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp.1287-1295).

Denison, S., Bonawitz, E.B., Gopnik, A., & Griffiths, T.L (2010). Preschoolers sample from probability distributions. In R. Camtrabone & S. Ohlsson (Eds.) Proceedings of the 32nd annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2272-2277).

Denison, S., & Xu, F. (2010). Integrating physical constraints and statistical inference by 11-month-old infantsCognitive Science, 34(5), 885-908.

Denison, S., & Xu, F. (2010). Twelve- to fourteen-month-old infants can predict single-event probability with large set sizesDevelopmental Science, 13(5), 798-803.

Xu, F., & Denison, S. (2009). Statistical inference and sensitivity to sampling in 11-month-oldsCognition, 112(1), 97-104. 

Book Chapters

Bonawitz, E.B., Gopnik, A., Denison, S., & Griffiths, T.L. (2012). Rational randomness: The role of sampling in an algorithmic account of preschooler’s causal learning. In J. B. Benson (Serial Ed.) & F. Xu & T. Kushnir (Vol. Eds.), Advances in child development and behavior: Rational constructivism in cognitive development. Waltham, MA: AcademicPress. (pp. 161–192).

Denison, S., & Xu, F. (2012). Probabilistic Inference in Human Infants. In J. B.Benson (Serial Ed.) & F. Xu & T. Kushnir (Vol. Eds.), Advances in child development and behavior: Rational constructivism in cognitive development. Waltham, MA: AcademicPress. (pp. 27–58).

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