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Liu, D., & Dietzel, J. J. (submitted). Automatic theory of mind: Covert detection via brain activity. [pdf]

Vanderbilt, K. E., Heyman, G. D., & Liu, D. (revise and resubmit). In the absence of conflicting testimony young children trust inaccurate informants. [pdf]

Liu, D. (submitted). Early trait explanations of people's actions.

Wang, Y., Wu, J., Huang, L., Yuan, B., Shen, D., & Liu, D. (in preparation). Thinking about one’s own and others’ mental states: An event-related brain potential study.

Liu, D. (in preparation). Losing to people is worse than losing to machines: Processing losses in the medial frontal cortex.

Liu, D., & Dietzel, J. J. (in preparation). Neural correlates of theory of mind: EEG alpha desynchronization.

Hicks, C., & Liu, D. (in preparation). Personal philosophy and achievement: Belief in free will and incremental theory.

Rizzo, M., Mulvey, K. L., Hicks, C., & Liu, D. (in preparation). Does it matter when parents provide explanations for social rules?

Liu, D., Wellman, H. M., & Peterson, C. C. (in preparation). The Theory of Mind Scale revisited: Psychometric properties and revision.

Liu, D. (in preparation). Young children predict trait-consistent actions when contrasting individuals.

Liu, D. (in preparation). Theory of mind development: When diverse desires are more diverse than diverse beliefs.

in press

Liu, D., Vanderbilt, K. E., Heyman, G. D. (in press). Selective trust: Children’s use of intention and outcome of past testimony. Developmental Psychology. [pdf]

Liu, D., & Vanderbilt, K. E. (in press). Children learn from and about variability between people. In M. R. Banaji & S. A. Gelman (Eds.) Navigating the Social World: What Infants, Children, and Other Species Can Teach Us. New York: Oxford University Press. [pdf]


MacKenzie, M. J., Liu, D., & Sameroff, A. J. (2013). Moving beyond the child care debate toward implications for social and political agendas. Children and Youth Services Review, 35, 3-6. [pdf]

Bowman, L. C., Liu, D., Meltzoff, A. N., & Wellman, H. M. (2012). Neural correlates of belief- and desire-reasoning in 7- and 8-year-old children: An event-related potential study. Developmental Science, 15, 618-632. [pdf]

Vanderbilt, K. E., Liu, D., & Heyman, G. D. (2011). The development of distrust. Child Development, 82, 1372-1380. [pdf]

Liu, D., Meltzoff, A. N., & Wellman, H. M. (2009). Neural correlates of belief- and desire-reasoning. Child Development, 80, 1163-1171. [pdf]

Liu, D., Sabbagh, M. A., Gehring, W. J., & Wellman, H. M. (2009). Neural correlates of children’s theory of mind development. Child Development, 80, 318-326. [pdf]

LaBounty, J., Wellman, H. M., Olson, S. L., Lagattuta, K. H., & Liu, D. (2008). Mothers’ and fathers’ use of internal state talk with their young children. Social Development, 17, 757-775. [pdf]

Liu, D., Wellman, H. M., Tardif, T., & Sabbagh, M. A. (2008). Theory of mind development in Chinese children: A meta-analysis of false-belief understanding across cultures and languages. Developmental Psychology, 44, 523-531. [pdf]

Liu, D., Gelman, S. A., & Wellman, H. M. (2007). Components of young children's trait understanding: Behavior-to-trait inferences and trait-to-behavior predictions. Child Development, 78, 1543-1558. [pdf]

Wellman, H. M., & Liu, D. (2007). Causal reasoning as informed by the early development of explanations. In A. Gopnik & L. E. Schulz (Eds.), Causal Learning: Psychology, Philosophy and Computation (pp. 261-279). New York: Oxford University Press.

Wellman, H. M., Fang, F., Liu, D., Zhu, L., & Liu, G. (2006). Scaling of theory-of-mind understandings in Chinese children. Psychological Science, 17, 1075-1081. [pdf]

Peterson, C. C., Wellman, H. M., & Liu, D. (2005). Steps in theory of mind development for children with deafness or autism. Child Development, 76, 502-517. [pdf]

Tardif, T., Wellman, H. M., Fung, K. Y. F., Liu, D., & Fang, F. (2005). Preschoolers’ understanding of knowing that and knowing how in the US and Hong Kong. Developmental Psychology, 41, 562-573. [pdf]

Liu, D., Sabbagh, M. A., Gehring, W. J., & Wellman, H. M. (2004). Decoupling beliefs from reality in the brain: An ERP study of theory of mind. NeuroReport, 15, 991-995. [pdf]

Wellman, H. M., & Liu, D. (2004). Scaling of theory-of-mind tasks. Child Development, 75, 523-541. [pdf]