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Glenwright, Melanie

Associate Professor, Psychology

Associate Department Head, Psychology


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Cognitive Development/Processes

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Language Acquisition and Development

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Research Description

Dr. Glenwright’s research examines the cognitive processes that enable children to think about beliefs, intentions, and communication. Her research program examines these issues in both typically developing children and children with autism. Her recent studies have verbal irony (i.e., sarcasm) comprehension in typically developing children and children with autism. Current studies are investigating theory of mind reasoning and moral judgments in children with autism.

Teaching Description

PSYC 2310 - Adolescent Development

Public/Media (Non-Technical) Description

Theory of Mind Understanding in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Our daily interactions require us to think about the thoughts and beliefs of other people. Researchers call this ability a “theory of mind” and they have shown that this ability is linked to the development of social skills and communication skills. We use a short story book reading as a method and younger children can, if they wish, remain seated on their parent’s lap during the entire session. We are currently recruiting typically developing boys and children with ASD between 2 and 5 years of age to participate in this study.

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