Stephanie M Carlson

Ph.D., 1997, University of Oregon

Institute of Child Development
162 ChDev
51 E River Parkway

Cognitive development, executive function, theory of mind, symbolism/pretend play, culture.

Carlson Lab

I investigate basic developmental processes in executive function, theory of mind, and symbolism/pretend play. I am particularly interested in how these skills interrelate in the preschool period, their brain bases, their relevance for school readiness, and socio-cultural influences on their development.

Selected Publications

  1. Carlson, S. M., White, R. E., & Davis-Unger, A. C. (in press). Evidence for a relation between executive function and pretense representation in preschool children. Cognitive Development

    Carlson, S. M., Claxton, L. J., & Moses, L. J. (in press). The relation between executive function and theory of mind is more than skin deep. Journal of Cognition and Development.

    Benson, J., Sabbagh, M. A., Carlson, S. M., & Zelazo, P. D. (in press). Individual differences in executive functioning predict preschoolers’ improvement from theory-of-mind training. Developmental Psychology.

    Duckworth, A. L., & Carlson, S. M. (in press). Self-regulation and school success. To appear in B. W. Sokol, F. M. E. Grouzet, & U. Mueller (Eds.), Self-regulation and autonomy: Exploring the social, developmental, educational, and neurological dimensions of human conduct. New York: Cambridge University Press.

    Carlson, S. M., Faja, S., & Beck, D. M. (in press). Incorporating early development into measurement approaches: The need for a continuum of measures across development. To appear in J. A. Griffin, L. S. Freund, and P. McCardle (Eds.), Executive function in preschool age children: Integrating measurement, neurodevelopment, and translational research. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

    Carlson, S. M., & Koenig, M., & Harms, M. (2013). Theory of mind. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science. doi: 10.1002/wcs.1232

    Carlson, S. M., & Zelazo, P. D., & Faja, S. (2013). Executive function. In P. D. Zelazo (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of developmental psychology, Vol. 1: Body and mind (pp. 706-743). New York: Oxford University Press.

    Carlson, S. M., & White, R. E. (2013). Executive function, pretend play, and imagination. In M. Taylor (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of the development of imagination (pp. 161-174). New York: Oxford University Press.

    Bernier, A., Beauchamp, M., Bouvette-Turcot, A., Carlson, S. M., & Carrier, J. (2013). Sleep and cognition in the preschool years: Specific links to executive functioning. Child Development. Article first published online: 24 FEB 2013. DOI:10.1111/cdev.12063

    Imada, T., Carlson, S. M., & Itakura, S. (2012). East-West differences in context-sensitivity are evident in early childhood. Developmental Science, 16, 198-208.

    Hostinar, C. E., Stellern, S. S., Schaefer, C. M., Carlson, S. M., & Gunnar, M. R. (2012). The impact of early life adversity on executive function in children adopted internationally from orphanages. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 17208-17212.