Tricia Striano

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Tricia Striano was born in Weymouth Massachusetts. She obtained her BA in psychology from The College of the Holy Cross. She obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology from Emory University in 2000, after which she became Head of the Independent Research Group on Cultural Ontogeny at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. In 2004, Tricia Striano received the Sofia Kovalevskaya Award [1] of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She used the award to build the Neurocognition and Development Group at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences and Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Leipzig. In 2008, Dr. Striano obtained her habilitation from the University of Osnabruck in Germany. Dr. Striano is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Hunter College, City University of New York.


Striano researches social cognition and learning in infancy, using brain and behavioral measures.


  • Hoehl, S., Reid, V., Parise, E., Handl, A., Palumbo, L., & Striano, T. (2010). "Looking at eye gaze processing and its neural correlates in infancy: Implications for social development and autism spectrum disorder". Child Development.
  • Striano, T., editor, Social Cognition: Development, Neuroscience and Autism. Blackwell, 2008. ISBN 978-1-4051-6217-3
  • Hoehl, S. & Striano, T. (2008). "Neural processing of eye gaze and threat-related emotional facial expressions in infancy". Child Development, 79(6), 1752-1760.
  • Striano, T., Stahl, D., Cleveland, A., & Hoehl, S. (2007). "Sensitivity to triadic attention between 6 weeks and 3 months of age". Infant Behavior and Development, 30(3), 529-534.
  • Striano, T. & Reid, V.M. (2006). "Social cognition in the first year". Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 10(10), 471-476.
  • Striano, T., Henning, A., & Stahl, D. (2006). "Sensitivity to interpersonal timing at 3 and 6 months of age". Interaction Studies, 7(2), 251-271.
  • Striano, T. & Bertin, E. (2005). "Coordinated affect with mothers and strangers: A longitudinal analysis of joint engagement between 5 and 9 months of age". Cognition and Emotion, 19(5), 781-790.
  • Striano, T. (2004). "Direction of regard and the still-face effect in the first year: Does intention matter?" Child Development, 75(2), 468-479.
  • Striano, T., Tomasello, M., & Rochat, P. (2001). "Social and object support for early symbolic play". Developmental Science, 4(4), 442-455.
  • Striano, T. & Rochat, P. (2000). "Emergence of selective social referencing in infancy". Infancy, 1(2), 253-264.
  • Striano, T. & Rochat, P. (1999). "Developmental link between dyadic and triadic social competence in infancy". British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 17(4), 551-562.
  • Vincent Reid & Tricia Striano (eds.) Social Cognition During Infancy: A Special Issue of the European Journal of Developmental Psychology]. ISBN 978-1-84169-832-8


  • November 2008 Baby Milestones: Social Triumphs (
  • June 12, 2008 Babies Pick up Early on Adults' Social Cues (
  • June 2008 Three-month-old Infants Are Sensitive To Emotional Cues Referring To Objects In The World (Science
  • February 2008 Look Who's Talking (
  • September 21, 2005 Better to be in Leipzig. The Developmental Psychologist Tricia Striano (Humboldt KOSMOS - Mitteilungen der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung)

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