I am interested in the social cognitive development and related
topics. My main lines of research concern children and adults'
1) ownership of property; 2) pretense and fiction; and
3) mental states.
My profile on Google Scholar is here. The homepage for my lab (UWaterloo Child Cognition Lab) is here.
Journal Articles and Chapters
- Friedman, O, Van de Vondervoort, J.W., Defeyter,
M.A., & Neary, K.R. (in press). First possession, history, and young
children’s ownership judgments. Child Development.
- Neary, K.R. & Friedman, O. (in press). Young children give priority to ownership when judging who should use an object. Child Development.
- Starmans, C. & Friedman, O. (in press). Taking 'know' for an answer: A reply to Nagel, San Juan, and Mar. Cognition.
- Sutherland, S.L. & Friedman, O. (in press). Just pretending can be really learning: Children use pretend-play as a
source for acquiring generic knowledge. Developmental Psychology.
- Turri, J. & Friedman, O. (in press). Winners and losers in the folk epistemology of lotteries. In J. Beebe (Ed.), Advances in experimental epistemology. New York: Continuum.
- Malcolm, S.L., Defeyter, M.A., & Friedman, O.
(in press). Children and adults use gender- and age-stereotypes in ownership
judgments. Journal of Cognition and Development.
O. (2013). How do children represent pretend play. In
M. Taylor (Ed.), Oxford handbook of the development of imagination (pp. 186-195). New York: Oxford University Press.
K.R. & Friedman, O. (2013). The origin of children’s appreciation of ownership rights. M.R. Banaji
& S.A. Gelman (Eds.), Navigating the social world: What infants, children, and other species can teach us (pp. 356-360). New
York: Oxford University Press.
- Palamar, M., Le, D.T., Friedman, O. (2012). Acquiring ownership and
the attribution of responsibility. Cognition, 124, 201-208.
- Starmans, C. & Friedman, O. (2012). The folk conception of knowledge. Cognition, 124, 272-283.
- Neary, K.R., Van de Vondervoort, J.W.,
& Friedman, O. (2012). Artifacts and natural kinds: Children's
judgments about whether objects are owned. Developmental Psychology, 48, 149-158. PDF
- Sutherland, S. & Friedman, O. (2012). Preschoolers acquire general knowledge by sharing in pretense. Child Development, 83, 1064-1071.
- Friedman, O., Neary, K.R., Defeyter, M.A., & Malcolm, S.L. (2011). Ownership and object history. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 132, 79-89.
- Friedman, O. & Ross, H. (2011). Twenty-one reasons to care about the psychological basis of ownership. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 132, 1-8.
- Petrashek, A.R. & Friedman, O. (2011). The signature of
inhibition in theory of mind: Children’s predictions of behavior
based on avoidance desire. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 18, 199-203.
- Baker, S., Friedman, O., & Leslie, A.M. (2010).
The opposites task: Using general rules to test cognitive flexibility
in preschoolers. Journal of Cognition and Development, 11, 240-254.
- Friedman, O. (2010). Necessary for possession: How people reason about the acquisition of ownership. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 1161-1169.
- Friedman, O., Neary, K.R., Burnstein, C.L., & Leslie, A.M. (2010). Is young children's recognition of pretense
metarepresentational or merely behavioral? Evidence from 2- and
3-year-olds' understanding of pretend sounds and speech. Cognition, 115, 314-319.
- Neary, K.R., Friedman, O., & Burnstein, C.L. (2009).
Preschoolers infer ownership from “control of permission”. Developmental Psychology, 45, 873-876.
- Friedman, O. & Neary, K.R. (2009). First possession
beyond the law: Adults' and young children's intuitions about
ownership. Tulane Law Review, 83, 679-690.
- Friedman, O. & Petrashek, A.R. (2009). Children do not follow the rule ‘ignorance means getting it wrong’. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 102, 114-121.
- Friedman, O. (2008). First possession: An
assumption guiding inferences about who owns what. Psychonomic Bulletin
& Review, 15, 290-295.
- Friedman, O., & Neary, K.R. (2008). Determining who owns what: Do children infer ownership from first possession? Cognition, 107, 829-849.
- Friedman, O., & Leslie, A.M. (2007). The conceptual underpinnings of pretense: Pretending is not 'behaving-as-if'. Cognition, 105, 103-124.
- Bosco, F.M., Friedman, O., & Leslie, A.M. (2006). Recognition
of pretend and real actions in play by one- and two-year-olds: Early
success and why they fail. Cognitive Development, 21, 3-10. PDF
- Griffin, R., Friedman, O., Ween, J., Winner, E., Happé, F.
& Brownell, H. (2006). Theory of Mind and the Right Cerebral
Hemisphere: Refining the scope of impairment. Laterality, 11, 195-225. PDF
- Friedman, O., & Leslie, A.M. (2005). Processing demands in belief-desire reasoning: Inhibition or general difficulty? Developmental Science, 8, 218-225. PDF
- Friedman, O., & Leslie, A.M. (2004). A developmental shift in processes underlying successful belief-desire reasoning. Cognitive Science, 28, 963-977. PDF
- Leslie, A.M., Friedman, O., & German, T. P. (2004). Core mechanisms in 'theory of mind.' Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 8, 528-533. PDF
- Friedman, O. & Leslie, A.M. (2004). Mechanisms of belief-desire reasoning: Inhibition and bias. Psychological Science, 15, 547-552. PDF
- Friedman, O., Griffin, R., Brownell, H. & Winner, E. (2003). Problems with the seeing = knowing rule. Developmental Science, 6, 505-513. PDF.
- Brownell, H., & Friedman, O. (2001). Discourse ability in
patients with unilateral left and right hemisphere brain damage. In R.
S. Berndt (Ed.), Handbook of Neuropsychology, 2nd edition, Vol. 3. (pp. 189-203). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
- Brownell, H., Griffin, R., Winner, E., Friedman, O., &
Happe, F. (2000). Cerebral lateralization and theory of mind. In S.
Baron-Cohen, H. Tager-Flusberg, & D. J. Cohen (Eds.), Understanding other minds: Perspectives from autism and developmental cognitive neuroscience, 2nd edition (pp. 311-338). Oxford: Oxford University Press.