Albert Yonas

Ph.D., 1968, Cornell University

Inst Of Child Dev
160 Ch Dev
51 E River Rd

Perceptual development, layout perception in infants, the treatment of prosopagnosia (face blindness) and ASD in children. 

Yonas Research Lab

Yonas, in collaboration with researchers at Harvard, University of British Columbia, and Dartmouth, is exploring methods of treating developmental prosopagnosia, or “face blindness” using a computer like game that participants will practice over the Web.   

He is also working with Pawan Sinha at MIT and in India to compare the development of visual perception in school aged children who are born blind and have their sight restored later in life with the sequence and timing of the development of vision in typical infants. In an additional line of work, he is exploring ways to improve the ability of children with ASD to recognize faces and perceive emotional and other information.

Over his career, Yonas' research has explored the development of visual perception of the layout of the environment in infants. This work has isolated different cues for spatial layout to discover when infants begin to use that information to control their reaching and in infants who are too young to reach to provide evidence that they perceive the location in space of objects.

Selected Publications

  1. Batterson, V. G., Rose, S. A., Yonas, A., Grant, K. S., Sackett, G. P. (2008).  The effect of experience on the development of tactual-visual transfer in pigtailed macaque monkeys.  Developmental Psychobiology, 50, 88-96.

  2. Yonas, A. (2008) A personal view of James Gibson’s approach to perception. Cognitive Critique, 1, 31-41.

  3. Kavšek, M., Granrud, C.E. & Yonas, A. (2009). Infants’ responsiveness to pictorial depth cues in preferential-reaching studies: A meta-analysis. Infant Behavior and Development, 32, 245-253.

  4. Tsuruhara, A., Sawada, T., Kanazawa, S., Yamaguchi, M.K., & Yonas, A.  (2009). Infant’s ability to form a common representation of an object’s shape from different pictorial depth cues: A transfer-across-cues study. Infant Behavior and Development, 32, 468–475

  5. Hemker, L., Granrud, C.E., Yonas, A., & Kavsek, M. (2010). Infant perception of surface texture and relative height as distance information: A preferential-reaching study.  Infancy, 15, 6-27.

  6. Yonas, A., Corrow, S., Chatterjee, G., & Nakayama, K. (2010) Psychophysics of face processing in childhood: A developmental perspective. Journal of Vision, 10(7): 577; http://www.journalofvision.org/content/10/7.toc   doi:10.1167/10.7.577.

  7. Willemsen, P., Olsen, M., Erickson, S., & Yonas, A. (2010) Improving Driver Ability to Avoid Collisions when Following a Snowplow.  Journal of Vision, 10(7): 812; http://www.journalofvision.org/content/10/7.toc   doi:10.1167/10.7.812.

  8. Nawrot, E., Nawrot, M., & Yonas, A. (2010) Smooth Pursuit Eye Movements and Depth from Motion Parallax in Infancy. Journal of Vision, 10(7): 471; http://www.journalofvision.org/content/10/7.toc   doi:10.1167/10.7.471.

  9. Corrow, S., Yonas, A. & Granrud, C. (2010) The Convexity Assumption: Infants use Knowledge of Objects to Interpret Static Monocular Information by 5 Months. Journal of Vision, 10(7): 497; http://www.journalofvision.org/content/10/7.toc   doi:10.1167/10.7.497.

  10. Tsuruhara, A., Sawada, T., Kanazawa, S., Yamaguchi, M.K., Corrow, S., and Yonas, A. (2010) The development of the ability of infants to utilize static cues to create and access representations of object shape.  Journal of Vision, 10, 1-11. http://www.journalofvision.org/content/10/12/2