Jonathan F. Kominsky's CV
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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2016-2019 Postdoctoral fellow, Harvard University                  

NIH/NICHD National Research Service Award
Mentor: Dr. Susan Carey

 

EDUCATION  

2011-2016 Yale University                  

Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, 2016
M.S. in Psychology, 2014
Advisor: Dr. Frank C. Keil

2005-2009 Reed College                  

B.A. in Psychology, 2009
Commended for Excellence in Scholarship, 2006-2007, 2008-2009

 

GRANTS AND AWARDS

NIH National Research Service Award 1F32HD089595-01

Project title: Causal Event Categories in Infancy: The Origins and Consequences of Causal Perception

 

PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE

Summer 2009-Summer 2011: Yale University Cognition and Development Lab, New Haven, CT

Lab Manager/Research Assistant
Supervisor: Dr. Frank C. Keil

Spring/summer 2008:  Cognitive Development Project at Reed College, Portland, OR                  

Research Assistant
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Brand

 

PUBLICATIONS

Kominsky, J. F., Strickland, B., Wertz, A., Elsner, C., Wynn, K., & Keil, F. C. (in press). Newtonian constraints on causal perception. Psychological Science

Kominsky, J.F., Zamm, A.P., & Keil, F.C. (2017). Knowing when help is needed: A developing sense of causal complexity. Cognitive Science, online first publication

Icard, T., Kominsky, J.F., & Knobe, J. (2017). Normality and actual causal strength. Cognition, 161, 80-93. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2017.01.010

Kominsky, J. F., Langthorne, P., & Keil, F. C. (2016). The better part of not knowing: Virtuous ignorance. Developmental Psychology, 52(1), 31-45. doi:10.1037/dev0000065

Banerjee, K., Kominsky, J. F., Fernando, M., & Keil, F. C. (2016). Figuring out function: Children’s and adults’ use of ownership information in judgments of artifact function. Developmental Psychology, 51(12), 1791-1801. doi: 10.1037/a0039751

Kominsky, J. F., Phillips, J., Gerstenberg, T., Lagnado, D., & Knobe, J. (2015). Causal superseding. Cognition, 137, 196-209. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2015.01.013

Keil, F. C., & Kominsky, J. F. (2015). Grounding concepts. In Margolis and Laurence (eds.) The Conceptual Mind: New Directions in the Study of Concepts, pp. 677-692. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Kominsky, J. F., & Keil, F. C. (2014). Overestimation about knowledge of word meanings: The misplaced meaning effect. Cognitive Science, 38(8), 1604-1633. doi: 10.1111/cogs.12122

Rottman, B., Kominsky, J. F., & Keil, F. C. (2013). Children use temporal stability to learn causal directionality. Cognitive Science, 38(3), 489-513. doi: 10.1111/cogs.12070

Keil, F. C., & Kominsky, J. F. (2013). Missing links in middle school: developing use of disciplinary relatedness in evaluating internet search results. PLoS ONE 8(6), e67777. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0067777

Kominsky, J. F., & Casasanto, D. (2013). Specific to whose body? Perspective-taking and the spatial mapping of valence. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 266. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00266

Brand, R. J., Hollenbeck, E., & Kominsky, J. F. (2013). B.  Mothers’ infant-directed gaze during object demonstration highlights action boundaries and goals. IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development, 5(3), 192-201. doi: 10.1109/TAMD.2013.2273057

Brand, R. J., McGee, A., Kominsky, J. F., Briggs, K., Gruneisen, A., & Orbach, T. (2009). Repetition in infant-directed action depends on the goal structure of the object: Evidence for statistical regularities. Gesture, 9(3), 337–353. doi: 10.1075/gest.9.3.04bra

 

MANUSCRIPTS

Kominsky, J. F., & Scholl, B. J. (under revision). Retinotopic adaptation reveals multiple distinct categories of causal perception.

 

PRESENTATIONS

Kominsky, J. F., & Phillips, J. What’s in a cause? Counterfactual relevance and hierarchical event structure in causal judgment. Poster presentation, Society for Philosophy and Psychology annual meeting, June 28 – July 1, 2017.

Kominsky, J. F., Strickland, B., Wertz, A., Elsner, C., Wynn, K., & Keil, F. C. Causal perception is constrained by principles of Newtonian mechanics. Poster presentation, Cognitive Science Society annual meeting, August 11-13, 2016.

Kominsky, J. F., & Scholl, B. J. Retinotopic adaptation reveals multiple distinct categories of causal perception. Poster presentation, Vision Sciences Society annual meeting, May 13-18, 2016.

Kominsky, J. F., Phillips, J., Knobe, J., & Keil, F. C. Norm violations affect children’s causal judgments. Poster presentation, Cognitive Development Society biennial meeting, October 8-10, 2015.

Kominsky, J. F., Langthorne, P., & Keil, F. C. The better part of not knowing: Virtuous ignorance. Conference paper and oral presentation, Cognitive Science Society annual meeting, July 23-25, 2015.

Wertz, A., Kominsky, J. F., Strickland, B., Keil, F. C., & Wynn, K. 9-Month-Olds, But Not 7-Month-Olds, Show Sensitivity to Principles of Newtonian Physics in Causal Launching Events. Poster presentation, Society for Research in Child Development biennial meeting, March 20-22, 2015.

Kominsky, J. F., Zamm, A. P., & Keil, F. C. A developing understanding of causal complexity. Poster presentation, Society for Research in Child Development biennial meeting, March 20-22, 2015.

Kominsky, J. F., Phillips, J., Gerstenberg, T., Lagnado, D., & Knobe, J. Causal Supersession. Conference paper and oral presentation, Cognitive Science Society annual meeting, July 24-26, 2014.

Kominsky, J. F., Strickland, B., & Keil, F. C. Sensitivity to Newtonian regularities in causal perception: Evidence from attention. Poster presentation, Vision Sciences Society annual meeting, May 16-21, 2014.

Kominsky, J. F., Zamm, A., & Keil, F. C. Intuitive causal complexity in the absence of causal understanding. Poster presentation, Cognitive Development Society biennial meeting, October 18-19, 2013.

Kominsky, J. F., Banerjee, K., Fernando, M., & Keil, Frank C. The impact of agent information on judgments of artifact function. Poster presentation, Society for Research in Child Development biennial meeting, April 18-20, 2013.

Kominsky, J. F., & Scholl, B. J. The window of ‘postdiction’ in visual perception is flexible: Evidence from causal perception. Poster presentation, Vision Sciences Society annual meeting, May 11-16, 2012.

Kominsky, J. F., Gaughen, K., & Keil, F. C. Coming to see explanations with diverse reasons as more compelling than those with similar reasons. Poster presentation, Society for Research in Child Development biennial meeting, March 31-April 2, 2011.

Orbach, T., Gruneisen, A., Briggs, K., Kominsky, J. F., McGee, A., & Brand, R. J. Structure in mothers' demonstrations to infants of objects with and without a salient end-goal. Poster presentation, Society for Research in Child Development biennial meeting, April 2-4, 2009.

REFERENCES

Dr. Susan Carey, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Psychology Department, Harvard University.

Dr. Frank Keil, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Linguistics, Psychology Department, Yale University. 

Dr. Brian Scholl, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Psychology Department, Yale University.

Dr. Joshua Knobe, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, and Linguistics, Psychology Department, Yale University.