Kevin A. Pelphrey, Ph.D.[Edit Page]

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University

Ph. D., 2001, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests

Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience, Autism, Social Perception, Social Cognition, Face Perception, Theory-of-Mind, Intentionality, Development of Working Memory and Executive Function, fMRI.

Recent Representative Publications


Pelphrey KA, Mack PB, Song AW, Guzeldere G & McCarthy G (2003). Faces evoke spatially differentiated patterns of BOLD activation and deactivation. NeuroReport. 14(7): 955-9.

Pelphrey KA, Singerman JD, Allison T & McCarthy G (2003). Brain Activation Evoked by Perception of Gaze Shifts; The Influence of Context. Neuropsychologia. 41(2): 156-170.


Cody H, Pelphrey KA & Piven J (2002). Structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging of autism. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience. 20(3-5): 421-438.


Pelphrey KA & Reznick JS (2002). Working memory in infancy. Advances in Child Development and Behavior. 31: 173-227.


Pelphrey KA, Sasson NJ, Reznick JS, Paul G, Goldman BN & Piven J (2002). Visual scanning of faces in adults with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 32(4): 249-261.


Pelphrey KA & Reznick JS (2001). Clothing a model of embodied cognition. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 24: 59-60.


Ornstein PA, Manning EL & Pelphrey KA (1999). Children's memory for pain. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 20(4): 262-277.

Research Statement

I am interested in using functional neuroimaging techniques (particularly fMRI) to study brain mechanisms underlying cognitive development and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism.