Rechele Brooks, Ph.D.

Research Scientist



Journal Articles

Barragan, R. C., Oliveira, N., Khalvati, K., Brooks, R., Reinecke, K., Rao, R. P. N., & Meltzoff, A. N. (2021). Identifying with all humanity predicts cooperative health behaviors and helpful responding during COVID-19. PLoS ONE, 16, e0248234. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0248234

Brooks, R., Singleton, J. L., & Meltzoff, A. N. (2020). Enhanced gaze-following behavior in Deaf infants of Deaf parents. Developmental Science, 23, e12900. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12900

Barragan, R. C., Brooks, R., & Meltzoff, A. N. (2020). Altruistic food sharing behavior by human infants after a hunger manipulation. Scientific Reports, 10, 1785. http://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-58645-9

Meltzoff, A. N., Murray, L., Simpson, E., Heimann, M., Nagy, E., Nadel, J., Pedersen, E. J., Brooks, R., Messinger, D. S., De Pascalis, L., Subiaul, F., Paukner, A., & Ferrari, P. F. (2019). Eliciting imitation in early infancy. Developmental Science, 22, e12738. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12738

Meltzoff, A. N., Murray, L., Simpson, E., Heimann, M., Nagy, E., Nadel, J., Brooks, R., Messinger, D. S., De Pascalis, L., Subiaul, F., Paukner, A., & Ferrari, P. F. (2018). Re-examination of Oostenbroek et al. (2016) – Evidence for neonatal imitation of tongue protrusion. Developmental Science, 21, e12609. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12609

Conboy, B. T., Brooks, R., Meltzoff, A. N., & Kuhl, P. K. (2015). Social interaction in infants’ learning of second-language phonetics: An exploration of brain-behavior relations. Developmental Neuropsychology, 40, 216-219. https://doi.org/10.1080/15248372.2013.824884

Williamson, R. A., Brooks, R., & Meltzoff, A. N. (2015). The sound of social cognition: Toddlers’ understanding of how sound influences others. Journal of Cognition and Development, 16, 252-260. https://doi.org/10.1080/15248372.2013.824884

Brooks, R. & Meltzoff, A. N. (2015). Connecting the dots from infancy to childhood: A longitudinal study connecting gaze following, language, and explicit theory of mind. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 130, 67-78.  Click here to view article.

Meltzoff, A. N., Brooks, R., Shon, A. P., & Rao, R. P. N. (2010). “Social” robots are psychological agents for infants: A test of gaze following. Neural Networks, 23, 966-972. Click here to view article.

Meltzoff, A. N. & Brooks, R. (2008). Self-experience as a mechanism for learning about others: A training study in social cognition. Developmental Psychology, 44, 1257-1265. Click here to view article.

Brooks, R. & Meltzoff, A. N. (2008). Infant gaze following and pointing predict accelerated vocabulary growth through two years of age: A longitudinal, growth curve modeling study. Journal of Child Language, 35, 207-220.  Click here to view article.

Brooks, R. & Meltzoff, A. N. (2005). The development of gaze following and its relation to language. Developmental Science, 8, 535-543.  Click here to view article.

Brooks, R. & Meltzoff, A. N. (2002). The importance of eyes: How infants interpret adult looking behavior. Developmental Psychology, 38, 958-966.  Click here to view article.

Caron, A. J., Butler, S. C., & Brooks, R. (2002). Gaze following at 12 and 14 months: Do the eyes matter? British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 20, 225-239.  Click here to view article.

Butler, S. C., Caron, A. J., & Brooks, R. (2000). Infant understanding of the referential nature of looking. Journal of Cognition and Development, 1, 359-377.  Click here to view article.

Galler, J. R., Ramsey, F. C., Harrison, R. H., Brooks, R., & Weiskopf-Bock, S. (1998). Infant feeding practices in Barbados predict later growth. Journal of Nutrition, 128, 1328-1335.  Click here to view article.

Caron, A. J., Caron, R., Roberts, J., & Brooks, R. (1997). Infant sensitivity to deviations in dynamic facial-vocal displays: The role of eye regard. Developmental Psychology, 33, 802-813.  Click here to view article.

Book Chapters

Brooks, R. (2021). Gaze. In F. R. Volkmar (Ed.), Encyclopedia of autism spectrum disorders (2nd ed., pp. 2168-2173). New York: Springer. Click here to view chapter.

Brooks, R. (2017). Joint attention. In B. Hopkins, E. Geangu, & S. Linkenauger (Eds.), Cambridge encyclopedia of child development (2nd ed., pp. 464-469). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Brooks, R. (2015). Infant gaze behaviors. In J. D. Wright (Ed.), International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences (2nd ed). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Brooks, R., & Meltzoff, A. N. (2014). Gaze following: A mechanism for building social connections between infants and adults. In M. Mikulincer & P. R. Shaver (Eds.), Mechanisms of social connection: From brain to group (pp. 167-183). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Meltzoff, A. N. & Brooks, R. (2013). Gaze following and agency in human infancy. In J. Metcalfe & H. S. Terrace (Eds.), Agency and joint attention (pp. 125-151). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Brooks, R. (2013). Gaze. In F. R. Volkmar (Ed.), Encyclopedia of autism spectrum disorders (1st ed., pp. 1400-1405). New York: Springer.

Meltzoff, A. N., & Brooks, R. (2009). Social cognition and language: The role of gaze following in early word learning. In J. Colombo, P. McCardle, & L. Freund (Eds.), Infant pathways to language: Methods, models, and research directions (pp. 169-194). New York: Psychology Press/Taylor Francis.

Meltzoff, A. N. & Brooks, R. (2007). Intersubjectivity before language: Three windows on preverbal sharing. In S. Bråten, (Ed.), On being moved: From mirror neurons to empathy (pp. 149-174). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Meltzoff, A. N. & Brooks, R. (2007). Eyes wide shut: The importance of eyes in infant gaze-following and understanding other minds. In R. Flom, K. Lee, & D. Muir (Eds.), Gaze-following: Its development and significance (pp. 217-241). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Meltzoff, A. N., & Brooks, R. (2001). “Like Me” as a building block for understanding other minds: Bodily acts, attention, and intention. In B. F. Malle, L.J. Moses, & D. A. Baldwin (Eds.), Intentions and intentionality: Foundations of social cognition (pp. 171-191). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.