Sheila Ann Matras

  • 155 Citations
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Dr. Krogh-Jespersen is a developmental psychologist whose overarching interest is the early emergence of social competence skills, with a specific focus on intentional understanding during the first years of life. She examines infants’ ability to recruit social information from others and her work integrates divergent streams of research on infant cognition and socio-emotional development, driven by the guiding principle that infants attend to and integrate information from their environment to generate appropriate, contingent social responses that facilitate further social interaction. An innovation of her work has been to look beyond measuring infants’ social competence via correct vs. incorrect responses (i.e., an all-or-none approach); rather, Dr. Krogh-Jespersen aims to capitalize on the variability in infants’ responses to understand the developmental trajectory of intentional understanding to inform what is viewed as typical development and what may be an atypical trajectory. Dr. Krogh-Jespersen utilizes behavioral and eye-tracking methodologies to explore infants’ early reasoning about social information. Importantly, the methodologies she implements are based on the inherent abilities of the infant, for example, using eye-tracking when an infant’s motor repertoire would not accurately reflect implicit knowledge. A guiding principle of her work is that precise measurement is key to understanding early growth in developmental trajectories.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Texas

… → 2009

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Grants 2016 2023

Research Output 2011 2019

  • 155 Citations
  • 11 Article
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Conference article
2 Citations (Scopus)
Mental Disorders
Mental Health
Primary Health Care
Delivery of Health Care
2 Citations (Scopus)

Children's explicit assessments of reliability influence their willingness to learn novel labels

Krogh-Jespersen, S. & Echols, C. H., Jun 1 2018, In : Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 170, p. 197-206 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)

Goal prediction in 2-year-old children with and without autism spectrum disorder: An eye-tracking study

Krogh-Jespersen, S., Kaldy, Z., Valadez, A. G., Carter, A. S. & Woodward, A. L., Jun 1 2018, In : Autism Research. 11, 6, p. 870-882 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Biomechanical Phenomena
Autistic Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Measuring awe and critical thinking in a science museum

Price, C. A., Greenslit, J., Applebaum, L. R., Segovia, G., Slagel, C., Quinn, K. A. & Krogh-Jespersen, S., Jan 1 2018, In : Proceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS. 3, 2018-June, p. 1473-1474 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

3 Citations (Scopus)
Social Behavior
Child Development