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Fall 2013 Talk

Daniel S. Messinger, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology, Pediatrics, and Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Miami

Friday, November 8 @ 11am
Cognitive Science Building, room 003

Emotion, Interaction, and Autism: Timing and Development

Can real-time social processes illuminate developmental achievements? A dynamic systems perspective, automated measurements, and new modeling approaches are used to understand the expression of emotion and the development of social communication in infants at risk for autism and typically-developing infants.

Bio: Dr. Messinger is Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami with secondary assignments in Pediatrics and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He investigates social and emotional development of typically developing and at-risk infants and children. He is interested in using real-time behavioral processes to understand development, with emphases on facial expression, adult-child interaction, and security of attachment. His current work involves measurement of emotional dynamics, communicative development among infants at risk for autism, and the application of machine learning approaches to infant-parent interaction.  Dr. Messinger is the author of more than 60 articles and chapters on these topics. His work is funded by the NIH, NSF, Autism Speaks, and the Simons Foundation. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the NIH/Autism Speaks Baby Siblings Research Consortium.