Developmental & Computational Affective Cognition Lab

University of Toronto Scarborough

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Emotion as information about the physical world

  • Wu, Y., Muentener, P., & Schulz, L. E. (2017). One- to four-year-olds connect diverse positive emotional vocalizations to their probable causes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(45), 11896-11901. [PDF]

  • Wu, Y. & Gweon, H. (2021). Preschool-aged children jointly consider others’ emotional expressions and prior knowledge to decide when to explore. Child Development, 92(3), 862-870. [Preprint] [PDF] [SI] [Repository]

  • Wu, Y., Merrick, M., & Gweon, H. (under review). Infants use others' surprise as vicarious prediction error. [Preprint]

Emotion as information about the social world

  • Wu, Y. & Schulz, L. E. (2020). Understanding social display rules: Using one person's emotional expressions to infer the desires of another. Child Development, 91(5), 1786-1799. [PDF] [Repository]

  • Wu, Y. & Schulz, L. (2018). Inferring beliefs and desires from emotional reactions to anticipated and observed events. Child Development, 89(2), 649-662. [PDF] [Repository]

  • Wu, Y., Haque, J. A., & Schulz, L. E. (2018). Children can use others' emotional expressions to infer their knowledge and predict their behaviors in classic false belief tasks. In C. Kalish, M. Rau, J. Zhu, & T. T. Rogers (Eds.), Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1193-1198). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [PDF]

  • Asaba, M.*, Wu, Y.*, Carrillo, B., & Gweon, H. (2020). You're surprised at her success? Inferring competence from emotional responses to performance outcomes. In Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2650-2656). (*Co-first authors) [PDF] [Repository]

Computational models

  • Wu, Y., Baker, C. L., Tenenbaum, J. B., & Schulz, L. E. (2018). Rational inference of beliefs and desires from emotional expressions. Cognitive Science, 42(3), 850-884. [PDF] [SI] [Repository]

  • Wu, Y.*, Tessler, M. H.*, Asaba, M., Zhu, P., Gweon, H., & Frank, M. C. (2021). Integrating emotional expressions with utterances in pragmatic inference. In Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2260-2266). (*Co-first authors) [PDF] [Repository]

Methods paper

  • Chuey, A., Asaba, M., Bridgers, S., Carrillo, B., Dietz, G., Garcia, T., Leonard, J., Liu, S., Merrick, M., Radwan, S., Stegall, J., Velez, N., Woo, B., Wu, Y., Zhou, X., Frank, M. C., Gweon H. (in press). Moderated Online Data-Collection for Developmental Research: Methods and Replications. Frontiers in Psychology. 12:734398. [PDF]

Other work on children's causal reasoning

  • Wu, Y., Muentener, P., & Schulz, L. (2016). The invisible hand: Toddlers connect probabilistic events with agentive causes. Cognitive Science, 40(8), 1854-1876. [PDF] [OSF]

  • Wu, Y., Schulz, L. E, & Saxe, R. (2018). Toddlers connect emotional responses to epistemic states. In Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2711-2716). [PDF]