I was born in Québec, Canada, the third child of French-Canadian parents
1975, B.A. in Psychology, McGill University, Montréal, Canada
1982-1983, Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, University of Texas at Austin
The research my collaborators and I are conducting examines cognitive development in infancy and focuses primarily on causal reasoning. We explore how infants make sense of the events they observe, and what explanatory frameworks and learning mechanisms enable them to do so.
Our research focuses on causal reasoning in four domains:
--Our research on physical reasoning explores the development of infants’ expectations about the displacements and interactions of objects and other physical entities.
--Our research on psychological reasoning examines the development of infants’ and toddlers’ expectations about the actions of agents.
--Our research on sociomoral reasoning explores the development of infants' and toddlers' expectations about the interactions of individuals within and across social groups.
--Our research on biological reasoning asks whether infants view animals simply as self-propelled agents or whether they attribute to them additional, potentially biological, properties.
In addition to this primary focus on causal reasoning, we are also interested in a broad rage of related issues including object perception, categorization, object individuation, number, and executive-function skills.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
As a student:
1973-1974, University Fellowship, McGill University; 1975, Graduated with First Class Honors, McGill University; 1976-1978, Postgraduate Fellowship, National Research Council of Canada; 1978-1979, Dean's Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania; 1978-1980, Postgraduate Fellowship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; 1980-1981, Postgraduate Fellowship, Québec Department of Education; 1981-1982, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
As a researcher:
1986-1987, Beckman Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois; 1989, University Scholar, University of Illinois;
1989, Boyd R. McCandless Young Scientist Award, American Psychological Association, Division 7; 1990, Center Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford;
1991-1992, Guggenheim Fellowship;
1991-1992, Beckman Associate, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois;
1993, Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science;
2000-, Alumni Distinguished Professorship, University of Illinois;
2007, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences;
2008, Distinguished Scientist Lecturer, American Psychological Association; 2009, Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society; 2009-, Center for Advanced Study Professor, University of Illinois; 2013, Fyssen Foundation International Prize for research in human cognitive development; 2015, Distinguished Fellow, Sage Center for the Study of the Mind, University of California, Santa Barbara; 2015, Member, National Academy of Sciences; 2017, Society for Research in Child Development Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development
Baillargeon (1987, Developmental Psychology): Number 15 on the list of “20 Most Revolutionary Studies in Child Psychology (published since 1950)”, based on a survey of members of the Society for Research in Child Development published in 2002 by Wallace Dixon, Jr.
As a teacher:
1986-1987, Psi Chi Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Illinois; 1989-1990, Psychology Graduate Students Organization Instructional Award, University of Illinois; 1996-1997, Psi Chi Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Illinois; 2005-2006, Psi Chi Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Illinois
University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, since 1999 (**denotes an outstanding rating): Spring 1999, **Spring 2000, **Spring 2001, **Fall 2002, Spring 2003, Fall 2003, **Fall 2004, Spring 2007, **Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, **Fall 2009, Spring 2010, **Fall 2010, **Fall 2011, Spring 2014, **Fall 2014, Fall 2015, **Fall 2018