A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Cara is a
graduate of the Infant Cognition Lab. She began UT's doctoral
program Developmental Psychology in 1996 after completing a
B.S. in Psychology from the University of Iowa. In the Cohen
Lab, Cara worked most recently on research involving the development
of infants' perception of objects and faces. Previous projects
include investigating infants' knowledge of object permanence
(knowing that an object continues to exist when it is out of
sight) as well as the development of infants' understanding
of causal events. More recently Cara has been interested in
how infants' perception of faces develops - from an information-processing
point of view - and how these changes may be similar to and
different from how infants' perception of novel objects develops.
Cara is very interested in the role of experience in development
as well as the mechanisms behind development, especially the
process of specialization. In addition to her academic life,
Cara enjoys healthy competition of the tennis court and healthy
food on her plate (she is a vegetarian). Her two greyhounds,
Beau and Sheena, however, are happy to be meat eaters.
Infant Cognition Lab Research Areas:
- Cohen, L.B., Rundell, L. J., Spellman, B.
A., & Cashon, C. H. (1999).
Infants' perception of causal chains. Psychological Science. 10, 412-418
- Cashon, C.H. & Cohen, L.B. (2000). Eight-month-old
infants' perception of possible and impossible events.
Infancy. 1, 429-446.
L. B. & Cashon, C. H. (2001).
Infant object segregation implies information integration. Journal
of Experimental Child Psychology. 78,75-83.
- Cohen, L. B. & Cashon, C. H. (2001).
Do 7-month-old infants
process independent features or facial configurations?
Infant and Child Development. 10, 83-92.
- Cohen, L. B. & Cashon, C. H. (In press). Infant
perception and cognition. In R. Lerner, A. Easterbrooks,
and J. Mistry (Eds.), Comprehensive handbook of psychology.
Volume 6, Developmental Psychology. II. Infancy. New York: Wiley and Sons.
Selected Conference Presentations:
- Cohen, L.B.
& Cashon, C. (1998, April). Eight-month-old infants’
perception of possible and impossible events. Poster presented at International Conference on Infant Studies,
- Cohen, L.B.,
Rundell, L.J., Spellman, B.A., & Cashon, C. (1998, April).
Infants’ perception of causal chains.
Poster presented at International Conference on Infant
- Cashon, C.H.
& Cohen, L.B. (1999, April). Infant Face Perception: Do infants process independent features or the face as a whole?
Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Albuquerque,
- Cohen, L.B.
& Cashon, C.H. (2000, July).
A puzzle in infant face perception. Poster
presented at International Conference on Infant Studies, Brighton,
- Cashon, C.H. & Cohen, L.B. (2001, April).
Developmental changes in infants' processing of faces.
Symposium paper presented at the Society for Research in Child
Development Meeting, Minneapolis.