Cara Cashon, PhD

Cara Cashon, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville. Dr. Cashon's research area of expertise is infant cognitive development and face recognition. She feels fortunate to be involved in the Louisville baby community and to be able to contribute to parents' understanding of their babies.

Associate Professor

Education

  • Ph.D. Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2004
  • B.S. Psychology, The University of Iowa, 1995

Research Interests

  • Infant face perception
  • Cognitive, perceptual, and linguistic development in typically developing infants and toddlers
  • Cognitive, perceptual, and linguistic development in infants and toddlers with Williams syndrome or other developmental disorders

Selected Publications

* denotes student author

  • Cashon, C. H., *Ha, O., *Allen, C. L., & *Barna, A. C. (2012). A U-shaped relation between sitting ability and upright face processing in infants. Child Development, 84, 802-809. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12024
  • Cashon, C. H., *Ha, O., *DeNicola, C. A., & Mervis, C. B. (2013). Toddlers with Williams syndrome process upright but not inverted faces holistically. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1-9. doi: 10.1007/s10803-013-1804-0
  • *DeNicola, C., *Holt, N., *Jacobs, A., & Cashon, C. H. (2013). Attention-orienting and attention-holding effects of faces on 4- to 8-month-old infants. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 37, 143-147. doi: 10.1177/016502541247475
  • Cashon, C. H. & DeNicola, C. A. (2011). Is perceptual narrowing too narrow? Journal of Cognition and Development, 12, 159-162. doi: 10.1080/15248372.2011.563483
  • Cashon, C. H. (2011). Development of specialized face perception in infants: An information-processing approach. To appear in L. M. Oakes, C. H. Cashon, M. Casasola, & D. H. Rakison (Eds.), Infant perception and cognition: Recent advances, emerging theories, and future directions. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Oakes, L. M., Cashon, C. H., Casasola, M., & Rakison, D. H (Eds.). (2011). Infant Perception and Cognition: Recent advances, emerging theories, and future directions. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Ferguson, K., Kulkofsky, S., Cashon, C., & Casasola, M. (2009). The development of specialized processing of own-race faces. Infancy.
  • Cohen, L. B., & Cashon, C. H. (2006). Infant Cognition. In W. Damon & R. M. Lerner (Series Eds.) & D. Kuhn & R. S. Siegler (Vol. Eds.), Handbook of child psychology: Vol. 2. Cognition, Perception, and Language (6th ed., pp. 214-251). New York: Wiley.
  • Cashon, C. H., & Cohen, L. B. (2004). Beyond U-shaped development in infants’ processing of faces. Journal of Cognition and Development (special issue on U-shaped development), 5, 59-80.
  • Cashon, C. H., & Cohen, L. B. (2003). The construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction of infant face perception. In A. Slater and O. Pascalis (Eds.), The development of face processing in infancy and early childhood (pp. 55-68). New York, NOVA Science Publishers,
  • Cohen, L. B., & Cashon, C. H. (2003). Infant perception and cognition. In I. B. Weiner (Series Ed.) & R. M. Lerner, M. A. Easterbrooks, & J. Mistry, (Vol. Ed.), Handbook of Psychology: Vol. 6. Developmental Psychology (pp. 65-89). New York: Wiley.
  • Cashon, C. H., & Cohen, L. B. (2000). Eight-month-old infants' perception of possible and impossible events. Infancy, 1, 429-446.

Courses Often Taught

Thank you for nominating me for the Faculty Favorite 2011-12 award!

Undergraduate:

  • PSYC 404/HON: Myths in Child Development
  • PSYC 435: Seminar in Infancy-WR

Graduate:

  • PSYC 610: Advanced Statistics I
  • PSYC 661: Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 601: Face Perception Seminar
  • PSYC 601: Infant Cognition and Perception Seminar