Olivier Mascaro

Postdoctoral Fellow

I am a developmental psychologist working on social cognition, in particular on naïve psychology, naïve sociology, trust, and communication. I completed my Phd in 2009 (Jean Nicod Institute, Paris), and have been a post doc at the Cognitive Development Center since january 2010.


Liénard, P., Chevallier, C., Mascaro, O., Kiura, P., and Baumard, N. (2013). Early understanding of merit in Turkana children, Journal of Cognition and Culture, 13 (1), 57-66.

Mascaro, O. & Csibra, G. (2012). Representation of stable dominance relations by human infants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 109, 6862-6867.

Baumard, N., Mascaro, O. & Chevallier, C. (2012). Preschoolers are able to take merit into account when distributing goods. Developmental Psychology, 48, 492-498.

Mascaro, O. & Morin, O. (2011). L’éveil du mensonge. Terrain : revue d’ethnologie de l’Europe, 57, 20-35.

Sperber, D., Clément, F., Heintz, C., Mascaro, O., Mercier, H., Origgi, G., & Wilson, D. (2011). Epistemic vigilance. Mind and Language, 25, 359-393.

Mascaro, O. (2010). Inaccurate speakers are not always less knowledgeable, Human Development, 53, 170-172.

Mascaro, O. & Sperber, D. (2009). The moral, epistemic and mindreading components of children’s vigilance towards deception. Cognition, 112, 367-380.

Mascaro O. & Csibra, G. (in press). Human infants’ learning of social structures: The case of social dominance hierarchy, Psychological Science.

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