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Philippe RochatProfessor


Dr. Rochat received his PhD from the University of Geneva in 1984, and studied infants as a pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellow at Brown University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Johns Hopkins University. He moved from a faculty position at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst to join the Emory faculty in 1991. A 2006-2007 John Simon Guggenheim fellow, he has written over one hundred scholarly articles and is the single author of five books, as well as the editor or co-editor of three books.


Research Interests

Vision and motor control in infancy: postural support, eye-hand coordination, intermodal perception, and general competence.

Research Areas

What is the nature and origins of human self-conscious psychology? Driven by this question, the main focus of Dr. Rochat’s research in the Emory Infant and Child Lab is on the early sense of self, emerging self-concept, the development of social cognition and relatedness, and the emergence of a moral sense during the preschool years in children from all over the world growing up in different cultural environments and socio-economic circumstances.


  • PSYC 190: Freshman Seminar in Psychology
  • PSYC 218: Infancy
  • PSYC 388R: Child Development in South Pacific (Study Abroad)
  • PSYC 475R: Seminar in Personality & Social Psychology
  • PSYC 610: Developmental Theory & Methods
  • PSYC 616: Social Cognition & Emotion
  • PSYC 730R: Special Topics Research Group
  • PSYC 777R: Research Seminar A


View publications on Dr. Rochat's laboratory website


Moral Acrobatics (Oxford University Press, 2020)Origins of Possession (Cambridge University Press, 2014)Others In Mind (Cambridge University Press, 2009)The Infant's World (Harvard University Press, 2004)