The following publications are provided for personal use only.


Kominsky, J. F., Lucca, K., Thomas, A. J., Frank, M. C., & Hamlin, J. K. (under review). Simplicity and validity in infant research.


Kominsky, J. F., Shafto, P., & Bonawitz, E. (2021). "There's something inside": Children's intuitions about animate agents. PLoS ONE, 16(5), e0251081.

Kominsky, J. F., Gerstenberg, T., Pelz, M., Sheskin, M., Singmann, H., Schulz, L., & Keil, F. C. (2021). The trajectory of counterfactual reasoning in development. Developmental Psychology, 57(2), 253-268.

Kominsky, J. F., Baker, L., Keil, F. C., & Strickland, B. (2020). Causality and continuity close the gaps in event representations. Memory and Cognition.

Kominsky, J. F., & Scholl, B. J. (2020). Retinotopic adaptation reveals distinct categories in casual perception. Cognition, 203, 104339.

Byers-Heinlein, K., Bergmann, C., Davies, C., Frank, M.C., Hamlin, J.K., Kline, M., Kominsky, J. F., Kosie, J.E., Lew-Williams, C., Liu, L., Mastroberardino, M., Singh, L., Waddell, C.P.G., Zetter- sten, M., Soderstrom, M. (in press). Building a collaborative Psychological Science: Lessons learned from ManyBabies 1. Canadian Psychology.

Kominsky, J.F., & Phillips, J. (2019). Immoral professors and malfunctioning tools: Counterfactual relevance accounts explain the effects of norm violations on causal selection. Cognitive Science, 43, e12792

Kominsky, J.F. (2019). PyHab: Open-source real time infant gaze coding and stimulus presentation software. Infant Behavior & Development, 54, 114-119.
Click here for PyHab's installation and quick-start guides

Kominsky, J.F., Zamm, A.P., & Keil, F.C. (2018). Knowing when help is needed: A developing sense of causal complexity. Cognitive Science, 42(2), 491-523.

Kominsky, J.F., Strickland, B., Wertz, A.E., Elsner, C., Wynn, K., & Keil, F.C. (2017). Categories and constraints in causal perception. Psychological Science, 28(11), 1649-1662.

Icard, T., Kominsky, J.F., & Knobe, J. (2017). Normality and actual causal strength. Cognition, 161, 80-93.

Keil, F. C., & Kominsky, J. F. (2015). Grounding concepts. In E. Margolis & S. Laurence (Eds.), The Conceptual Mind: New Directions in the Study of Concepts (pp. 677–692). Cambridge, MA: MIT press.

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

Banerjee, K., Kominsky, J. F., & 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.

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
Click here for a 5-minute video summary of this paper!

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/cogs12122

Rottman, B., Kominsky, J. F., & Keil, F. C. (2014). 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). 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, 337–353.