Leslie Carver


Dr. Carver studies the brain basis of cognitive and social developmental change in the transition from infancy to the early toddler years. Near the end of the first year of life, infants begin to develop the ability to remember information over very long intervals. Dr. Carver's research examines changes in the brain that allow this long-term memory to develop. In addition to developments in cognition, infants at the end of the first year of life form long-lasting relationships with caregivers, and begin to use caregivers as a source of information about how to behave. For example, in the last half of the first year of life, infants begin to look to their parents' facial expressions to understand how to interpret unusual situations that they encounter. Dr. Carver conducts research on changes in the brain that are associated with such changes in social behavior.
  • Cornew, L. Dobkins, K., Akshoomoff, N.A., McCleery, J., & Carver, L.J. (2012). Social referencing in infants at risk for autism: Evidence for a broader autism phenotype at 18 months of age. .Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, DOI: 10.1007/s10803-012-1518-8.
  • Carver, L. J. (2011).  Effects of viewing pictorial reminders on long-term memory in the first year of life. Memory, 19, 871-878.
  • Swingler, M.M., Sweet, M.A., Carver, L.J. (2010). Brain–behavior correlations: Relationships between mother–stranger face processing and infants' behavioral responses to a separation from mother. Developmental Psychology, 46, 669-680.
  • McCleery, J.P.,  Akshoomoff, N.A., Dobkins, K.R. & Carver, L.J. (2009). Atypical Face Processing in 10-Month-Old Infants at Risk for Autism. Biological Psychiatry, 66, 950-957.
  • Carver, L.J. & Vaccaro, B.G.  (2007). Twelve-month-old infants allocate increased neural resources to stimuli associated with negative parental expressions, Developmental Psychology, 43, 54-69.

Updated Nov 2012