Primary Faculty

Jessica Cantlon

Assistant Professor
PhD, Duke University, 2007

321 Meliora Hall
(585) 276-5292, (585) 276-5150, (585) 276-5099
Fax: (585) 442-9216

Office Hours: By appointment


Selected Publications

  • Ferrigno, S., Hughes, K. D., & Cantlon, J. F. (in press). Precocious quantitative cognition in monkeys. Psych Bulletin & Review.
  • Kersey, A. J., Clark, T., Lussier, C., Mahon, B. Z., & Cantlon, J. F. (in press). Development of tool selectivity in the dorsal and ventral visual pathways. Cerebral Cortex.
  • Cantlon, J. F., Piantadosi, S. T., Ferrigno, S., Hughes, K. D., & Barnard, A. M. (2015). The Origins of Counting Algorithms. Psychological Science, 26(6) 853–865. [pdf]
  • Emerson, R., & Cantlon, J. F. (2014). Continuity and change in children’s longitudinal neural response to numbers. Developmental Science, 1-13. [pdf]
  • Vo, V.A., Li, R., Kornell, N., Pouget, A., Cantlon, J.F (2014). Young Children Bet on Their Numerical Skills: Metacognition in the Numerical Domain. Psychological Science25(6). [pdf]
  • MacLean, E. L., Hare, B., Nunn, C. L., Addessi, E., Amici, F. ,...Cantlon, J. F., ...Zhao, Y. (2014). The evolution of self-control. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(20), E2140–E2148. [pdf]
  • Cantlon, J. F., & Li, R. (2013). Neural activity during natural viewing of Sesame Street statistically predicts test scores in early childhood. PLoS Biology, 11(1), e1001462. [pdf]
  • Barnard, A. M., Hughes, K. D., Gerhardt, R. R., DiVincenti, L., Bovee, J. M., & Cantlon, J. F. (2013). Inherently analog quantity representations in olive baboons (Papio anubis). Frontiers in Psychology, 4(253), 1-11. [pdf]
  • Cantlon, J. F. (2012). Math, monkeys, and the developing brain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109, 10725-10732. [pdf]
  • Emerson, R. W., Cantlon, J. F. (2012). Early math achievement and functional connectivity in the fronto-parietal network. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 2(S1), S139-S151. [pdf]
  • Bonn, C., & Cantlon, J. F. (2012). The origins and structure of quantitative concepts. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 29, 149-173. [pdf]
  • Mahon, B. Z., Cantlon, J. F. (2011). The specialization of function: cognitive and neural perspectives. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 28(3-4), 147-155. [pdf]
  • Cantlon, J. F., Davis, S. W., Libertus, M. E., Kahane, J., Brannon, E. M., & Pelphrey, K. A. (2011). Intraparietal white matter development predicts numerical performance in children. Learning and Individual Differences 21, 672-680. [pdf]
  • Cantlon, J. F., Pinel, P., Dehaene, S. & Pelphrey, K. A. (2011). Cortical representations of symbols, objects, and faces are pruned back during early childhood. Cerebral Cortex, 21(1), 191-199. [pdf]
  • Cantlon, J. F., Safford, K. E., & Brannon, E. M. (2010). Spontaneous analog number representations in three-year-old children. Developmental Science, 13(2), 289-297. [pdf]
  • Cantlon, J. F. & Brannon, E. M. (2010). Animal arithmetic. In Clayton, N. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior. Oxford: Elsevier Press. [pdf]
  • Jones, S. M., Cantlon, J. F., Merritt, D. J., & Brannon, E. M. (2010). Context affects the numerical semantic congruity effect in rhesus monkeys. Behavioral Processes, 83(2), 191-196. [pdf]
  • Cantlon, J. F., Cordes, S., Libertus, M .E., & Brannon, E. M. (2009). Numerical abstraction: It ain't broke. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32 (3-4), 331-332. [pdf]
  • Cantlon, J. F. , Libertus, M. E., Pinel, P., Dehaene, S., Brannon, E. M., & Pelphrey, K. P. (2009). The neural development of an abstract concept of number. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21(11), 2217-2229. [pdf]
  • Cantlon, J. F. , Platt, M., & Brannon, E. M. (2009). Beyond the Number Domain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 13(2), 83-91. [pdf]
  • Cantlon, J. F. , Cordes, S., Libertus, M. E., & Brannon, E. M. (2009). Comment on 'Log or Linear? Distinct intuitions of the number scale in Western and Indigene cultures'. Science, 323(38). [pdf]
  • Hubbard, E. M., Diester, I. , Cantlon, J. F. , Ansari, D., van Opstal, F., & Troiani, V. (2008). The evolution of numerical cognition: From number neurons to linguistic quantifiers. Journal of Neuroscience, 26(46), 11819-11824. [pdf]
  • Cantlon, J. F., & Brannon, E. M. (2007). Basic math in monkeys and college students. PLoS Biology, 5(12), e328. [pdf]
  • Subiaul, F., Romansky, K., Cantlon. J. F, Klein, T, & Terrace, H. (2007). Cognitive imitation in 2-year-old children: A comparison with rhesus monkeys. Animal Cognition, 10(4), 1435-1448.
  • Cantlon, J.F., Fink, R., Safford, K. E. & Brannon, E. M. (2007). Heterogeneity impairs numerical matching but not numerical ordering in preschool children. Developmental Science, 10(4), 431-440. [pdf]
  • Cantlon, J. F. & Brannon, E. M. (2007). Adding up the effects of cultural experience on the brain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 11(1), 1-4. [pdf]
  • Cantlon, J.F. & Brannon, E. M. (2007). How much does number matter to a monkey? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 33(1), 32-41. [pdf]
  • Cantlon, J. F. & Brannon, E. M. (2006). The effect of heterogeneity on numerical ordering in rhesus monkeys. Infancy, 9(2), 173-189. [pdf]
  • Cantlon, J. F., Brannon, E. M., Carter, E. J., and Pelphrey, K. A. (2006). Functional imaging of numerical processing in adults and four-year-old children. PLoS Biology, 4(5). [pdf]
  • Cantlon, J. F. & Brannon, E. M. (2006). Shared system for ordering small and large numbers in monkeys and humans. Psychological Science, 17(5), 401-406. [pdf]
  • Brannon, E. M., Cantlon, J. F., & Terrace, H. S. (2006). The role of reference points in ordinal numerical comparisons by Rhesus macaques. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 32(2), 120-134. [pdf]
  • Needham, A., Cantlon, J. F., & Ormsbee, S. (2006). Infants' use of category information and object attributes when segregating objects at 8.5 months of age. Cognitive Psychology, 53(4), 345-360. [pdf]
  • Cantlon, J. F. & Brannon, E. M. (2005). Semantic congruity affects numerical judgments similarly in monkeys and humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 102(45), 16507-16511. [pdf]
  • Subiaul, F. X., Cantlon, J. F., Holloway, R., & Terrace, H. S. (2004). Cognitive imitation in rhesus macaques. Science, 305(5682), 407-410. [pdf]