Fields of Study
Areas of Interest
- Early childhood cognition
- Language learning mechanisms
Mireille Babineau is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology (teaching stream) at the University of Toronto. She obtained her Ph.D. and Psy.D. from the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2016. Her postdoctoral research was conducted at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris with Anne Christophe. This line of work (SASC project) was supported by a postdoctoral Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship.
Babineau's research focuses on the learning mechanisms that allow young children to acquire their native language. She is particularly interested in how children (and adults) manage to learn novel words. Broadly, her work has explored how language acquisition is influenced by humans' ability to find and track regularities in the speech signal, and by their cognitive biases (favored perceptual cues, conceptual/semantic categories).
Babineau is also a child psychologist, specialized in early childhood. She received her clinical training at the CHU Sainte-Justine and at the Hôpital Rivière-des-Prairies (both in Montreal, Canada).