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Poolesville ,MD 20837


Section on Comparative Behavioral Genetics


Elizabeth A. Simpson, Ph.D., joined the Laboratory of Comparative Ethology in 2011. In collaboration with her postdoctoral advisor, Dr. Pier F. Ferrari, of the University of Parma, she studies early infant social cognitive development. Dr. Simpson's research examines the ultimate and proximate mechanisms that shape individual differences in social perception. She examines whether early skills predict developmental outcomes, and whether trajectories can be altered through interventions.  She currently has two programmatic lines of behavioral research, both with human and macaque infants.  One research line examines face perception and the other examines action understanding.  Please see a full list of my publications External Web Site Policy.

Publications (PubMed):

Title Authors Publication Date
The mirror neuron system as revealed through neonatal imitation: presence from birth, predictive power and evidence of plasticity.Simpson EA,Murray L,Paukner A,Ferrari PFPhilos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci2014
Inhaled oxytocin increases positive social behaviors in newborn macaques.Simpson EA,Sclafani V,Paukner A,Hamel AF,Novak MA,Meyer JS,Suomi SJ,Ferrari PFProc Natl Acad Sci U S A2014 May 13
Visual attention during neonatal imitation in newborn macaque monkeys.Simpson EA,Paukner A,Suomi SJ,Ferrari PFDev Psychobiol2014 May
Neonatal imitation and an epigenetic account of mirror neuron development.Simpson EA,Fox NA,Tramacere A,Ferrari PFBehav Brain Sci2014 Apr
The development of facial identity discrimination through learned attention.Simpson EA,Jakobsen KV,Fragaszy DM,Okada K,Frick JEDev Psychobiol2014 Jul
Lipsmacking imitation skill in newborn macaques is predictive of social partner discrimination.Simpson EA,Paukner A,Sclafani V,Suomi SJ,Ferrari PFPLoS One2013
Sensitivity to first-order relations of facial elements in infant rhesus macaques.Paukner A,Bower S,Simpson EA,Suomi SJInfant Child Dev2013 May
Mirror neurons through the lens of epigenetics.Ferrari PF,Tramacere A,Simpson EA,Iriki ATrends Cogn Sci2013 Sep
Mirror neurons are central for a second-person neuroscience: insights from developmental studies.Simpson EA,Ferrari PFBehav Brain Sci2013 Aug
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