Social cognition in children born preterm

The objective of this project was to document the consequences of extreme prremature birth on cognitive and social cognitive functioning and behaviour in preschoolers


  • Age: 4-6 years
  • 30 child born before 28 weeks gestation
  • 30 children born at term


  • IQ Executive functions
  • Affect recognition, Theory of Mind, Social and behavioural questionnaires, Parent-child interactions


  • CHU Sainte-Justine

Key Results

The study explores the social cognitive skills underlying social difficulties in premature children

Social Cognition
Theory of mind and affect recognition are poorer in premature children compared to typically developing peers

Parents of preterm children report social adaptive and prosocial difficulties

“The implications are great for the development and implementation of intervention programs for premature children, particularly because of the importance of optimal socialization for academic motivation and perseverance”

Jessica Lacombe-BarriosCoordonnatrice de recherche du projet DAUFIN