Renee L Baillargeon, Alumni Distinguished Professor

1985 …2019
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Dr. Baillargeon's research focuses on early causal reasoning in four core domains: physical reasoning, psychological reasoning, biological reasoning, and sociomoral reasoning. She assumes that each domain is equipped with a skeletal explanatory framework that enables infants to reason and learn about events in the domain. In her research on physical reasoning, Dr. Baillargeon examines infants' ability to predict and interpret the outcomes of physical events. Primary questions include: What expectations do infants possess at different ages about various simple physical events (e.g., occlusion, containment, and support events), and how do they attain these expectations? In her research on psychological reasoning, Dr. Baillargeon has been exploring infants' ability to predict and interpret the actions of agents. Primary questions include: Under what conditions do infants take into account the goals, dispositions, perceptions, and beliefs of agents to predict their actions? Of particular interest here is whether infants can attribute false beliefs to others, and the implications of such attributions for theory and research on the development of children's "theory of mind". In her research on biological reasoning, Dr. Baillargeon examines whether infants merely view animals as self-propelled agents, or whether they already hold biological expectations about animals. Primary questions include: Do infants expect animals to have filled insides, and do they view these insides as critical for animals’ functioning? Finally, in her research on sociomoral reasoning, Dr. Baillargeon is exploring what principles guide infants’ expectations about how individuals should act toward others. In this work, she has been focusing on the principles of fairness, harm avoidance, reciprocity, ingroup support, and authority.

For more information, please visit: http://labs.psychology.illinois.edu/infantlab

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

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Research Output 1985 2019

Catastrophic individuation failures in infancy: A new model and predictions

Stavans, M., Lin, Y., Wu, D. & Baillargeon, R. L., Mar 1 2019, In : Psychological review. 126, 2, p. 196-225 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Individuation
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Do infants in the first year of life expect equal resource allocations?

Dawkins, M. B., Sloane, S. & Baillargeon, R. L., Jan 1 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 10, FEB, 116.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Infants expect leaders to right wrongs

Stavans, M. & Baillargeon, R. L., Aug 13 2019, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 116, 33, p. 16292-16301 10 p.

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Four-month-old infants individuate and track simple tools following functional demonstrations

Stavans, M. & Baillargeon, R. L., Jan 1 2018, In : Developmental science. 21, 1, e12500.

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