Chargée de recherche, Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives, INSERM U960 & Evolution and Social Cognition Group, Ecole Normale Supérieure, 2014 - .

Post doctoral Fellow, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives, INSERM U960, 2013 - 2014.

Research Scientist, Developmental Neuroimaging Laboratory, Center for Autism Research, University of Pennsylvania & Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2011 - 2013.

Post Doctoral Fellow, Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, 2009 – 2010.

Post Doctoral Fellow, Julie Grèzes’ team, Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives & NaSH team, Institut Jean-Nicod, Département d’Etudes Cognitives, ENS, Paris, 2008 - 2009.



Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences, Specialisation: Psychology. Université Lyon II, France, & UCL, London, UK, 2009.

BA and MA in Cognitive sciences, Université Lyon II, France, BA - 2003, MA - 2005.

BA and MA in Linguistics , Université François Rabelais, Tours, France, BA - 2002, MA - 2004.



Journal papers

Carré, A., Chevallier, C., Robel, L., Barry, C., Maria, A-S., Pouga, L., Philippe, A., Pinabel, F., Berthoz, S. (in press) Tracking Social Motivation Systems Deficits: The Affective Neuroscience View of Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Molesworth, C., Chevallier, C., Happé, F.,
Hampton, J.(2015). Children with Autism do not Show Sequence Effects with Auditory Stimuli. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 144(1):48-57. doi: 10.1037/a0038204

Sheskin, M., Chevallier, C., Lambert, S., & Baumard N. (2014).
Life-history theory explains childhood moral development.Trends in Cognitive Sciences.
18(12):613-5. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2014.08.004.

Grèzes, J., Valabrègue, R., Gholipour, B., Chevallier, C. (2014)  A direct amygdala-motor pathway for emotion to influence action and its nesting with emotion perception network: a Diffusion Tensor Imaging study. Human Brain Mapping.
35(12):5974-83. doi: 10.1002/hbm.22598.

Chevallier, C., Parish-Morris, J., Tonge, N., Le, L., Miller, J. & Schultz R.T. (2014) Susceptibility to the audience effect explains performance gap between children with and without autism in a Theory of Mind task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Courty, A., Maria, A-S., Lalanne, C., Ringuenet, D., Vindreau, C., Chevallier, C., Pouga, L., Pinabel, F., Philippe, A., Adrien, J-L., Barry, C., Berthoz, S. (2013). Levels of autistic traits in Anorexia Nervosa: a comparative psychometric study. BMC Psychiatry, 13:222.

Parish-Morris, J.*, Chevallier, C.*, (*co-first authors) Tonge, N., Letzen, J., Pandey, J. & Schultz, R.T. (2013) Visual attention to dynamic faces and objects is linked to face processing skills: A combined study of children with autism and controls. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology. 4(185), doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00185.

Chevallier, C., Huguet, P., Happé, F., George, N., & Conty, L. (2013) Salient social cues are prioritized in Autism Spectrum Disorders despite overall decrease in social attention. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 43, 1642–1651. 


Kohls, G., Chevallier, C., Troiani, V., & Schultz, R.T. (2012) Social ‘wanting’ dysfunction in autism: neurobiological underpinnings and treatment implications. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (4)10, doi:10.1186/1866-1955-4-10

Chevallier, C., Kohls, G., Troiani, V., Brodkin, E.S., Schultz, R.T. (2012). The Social Motivation Theory of Autism. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 16(4) 231-239.

Chevallier, C., Molesworth, C. & Happé, F. (2012). Diminished Social Motivation Negatively Impacts Reputation Management: Autism Spectrum Disorders as a Case in Point. PLoS ONE 7(1): e31107. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031107

Chevallier, C., Grèzes, J., Molesworth, C., Berthoz, S. & Happé, F. (2012) Selective social anhedonia in high functioning autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 42(7),1504-9.

Baumard, N., Mascaro, O., & Chevallier, C. (2012). Preschoolers are able to take merit into account when distributing goods. Developmental Psychology, 48(2) 492-498.

Baumard, N. & Chevallier, C. (2012) What goes around comes around: The evolutionary roots of the belief in immanent justice. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 12 67-80.

Chevallier, C., Noveck, I., Happé, F., & Wilson, D. (2011) What's in a voice? Prosody as a test case for the Theory of Mind account of autism. Neuropsychologia, 49(3), 507-517.

Sonié, S., Behrouz, K, Pirat, E., Masson, S.,  Bain, P., Robinson, J., Reboul, A. Wicker, B., Chevallier, C., Beaude-Chervet, V., Deleage, MH, Charvet, D., Barthélémy, C., Rochet, T., Tatou, M., Arnaud, V., & Manificat, S. (2011). French version of Autism Spectrum Quotient, Empathy Quotient and Systemizing Quotient [in French]. La Presse Médicale,40(4),180-188.

Southgate, V.*, Chevallier, C.*, & Csibra, G. (*co-first authors) (2010) 17-month-olds appeal to false beliefs to interpret others’ communication. Developmental Science, 13(6), 907–912.

Chevallier, C., Wilson, D., Happé, F. & Noveck, I. (2010) Scalar inferences in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40(9), 1104-1117.

Southgate, V., Chevallier, C., & Csibra, G. (2009). Sensitivity to Communicative Relevance Tells Young Children What to Imitate. Developmental Science, 12(6),1013-9.

Chevallier, C., Noveck, I., Happé, F., & Wilson, D. (2009) From acoustics to grammar: Perceiving linguistic prosody in adolescents with Asperger Syndrome. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3, 502-516.

Chevallier, C., Noveck, I., Bott, L., Lanza, V., Nazir, T., Sperber, D.  (2008).  Making disjunctions exclusive. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61(11), 1741-1760.

Van Der Henst, J-B., Chevallier, C., Schaeken, W., Mercier, H., & Noveck, I. (2008). Dealing with indeterminacy in spatial descriptions. Psychological Research, 72 (5), 553-556.

Claidière, N., Jraissati, Y., & Chevallier, C. (2008). A colour sorting task reveals that adult colour categories are ‘truly’ perceptual and culture specific. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 8(3-4), 211-233. 

Chapters and invited contributions

Chevallier, C. (2013) 'Theory of mind' In F. Volkmar, R. Paul and K. Pelphrey (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Chevallier, C. (2012) Theory of mind and autism: Revisiting Baron-Cohen et al.’s Sally-Anne study. In A. Slater and P. Quinn (Eds.), Developmental Psychology: Revisiting the Classic Studies, Sage, 148-163.

Chevallier, C., Bonnefond, M., Van der Henst, J-B., & Noveck, I. (2010) Using ERPs to capture prosodic stress and inference making. Italian Journal of Linguistics, 22(1),125-152.

Baumard, N. & Chevallier, C. (2010) L'empathie : base de la vie en société ? Réponse à Franz de Waal, Sciences Humaines, Octobre 2010.

Chevallier, C., Baumard, N., Grèzes, J. & Pouga L. (2010) Comprendre les actions, émotions et états mentaux d’autrui : psychologie et neurosciences. In A. Berthoz, C. Ossola and B. Stock (Eds.), La pluralite et les fondements cognitifs de la notion de points de vue , Paris: Conférences du Collège de France.

Noveck, I., Chevallier, C., Chevaux, F., Musolino, J. & Bott, L. (2009). Children’s enrichments of conjunctive sentences in context. In P. De Brabanter & M. Khissine (eds.) Utterance Interpretation and Cognitive Models. Current Research in the Semantics/pragmatics Interface, (20), 211-234.

Moeschler, J.,  Chevallier, C., Castelain, T., Van der Henst, J-B, & Tapiero, I. (2006). Le raisonnement causal. De la pragmatique du discours à la pragmatique expérimentale. Cahiers de Linguistique Française, 27, 241-262.


Tonge, N., Chevallier, C., Parish-Morris, J., Letzen, J. & Schultz, R.T. Social Motivation Is Correlated with Face Processing Skill in Children with ASD. International Meeting for Autism Research, Toronto, 17 -19 May 2012.

Bush, J., Chevallier, C., Rump, K., Parish-Morris, J. & Schultz, R.T., Face Processing and Its Correlation to Theory of Mind in Autism Spectrum Disorders. International Meeting for Autism Research, Toronto, 17 -19 May 2012.

McDermott, M, Kang, H.W., Parish-Morris, J., Chevallier C., Bush, J. 1 & Schultz, R.T.  Eye-Tracking Established As a Reliable
Test-Retest Measure in Adolescents with ASD: Visual Attention to Social and Non-Social Stimuli, International Meeting for Autism Research, Toronto, 17 -19 May 2012.

Chevallier, C., Molesworth, C., & Happé, F. The Truth, Nothing but the Truth: When Children with Autism Care Less about Reputation Than Honesty, International Meeting for Autism Research, San Diego, 12 -14 May 2011.
Forgeot d’Arc, B., Chevallier, C., Grèzes J, Ramus F. Belief Attribution Despite Heavy Verbal Interference In Autism, International Meeting for Autism Research, San Diego, 12 -14 May 2011.

Molesworth, C., Happé, F., & Chevallier, C. Children with autism show a reduced category contrast effect, 51st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Saint Louis, Missouri, 18-21 novembre 2010.

Chevallier, C. What's in a voice? Mindreading and Prosody in Autism Spectrum Disorders. International Meeting for Autism Research, Philadelphia, 20th-22d May 2010.

Grèzes, J., Chevallier, C., Pouga, L., & Berthoz, S. Reconnaissance des émotions émotionnelles faciales et corporelles dans les troubles autistiques. Congrès de l'Encéphale, Jan. 2010.

Chevallier, C. & Mercier, H. Designing better tests for metarepresentational abilities. Colloque des Jeunes Chercheurs en Sciences Cognitives, Lyon, 30th-31st May 2007.

Chevallier, C. & Mercier, H. “Strengths and deficits in autism: Insights from relevance and modularity”. Journées de la FRESCO, Paris, 16th Decembre 2006.

Chevallier, C., & Mercier, H., Understanding children’s word learning to understand the emergence of language. Emergence of Linguistic Abilities (ELA), Lyon, 8th – 10th December 2005.



Invited talks

Chevallier, C. The Social Motivation Theory of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Innovative Research in Autism, Tours, France, 30th May – 1st June 2012.

Chevallier, C. Pragmatic deficits in High Functioning Autism, Experimental approach of deficiencies in Oral language, written language, numerical cognition, and language pragmatics, Laboratoire Cognition, Langage, Développement, Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, 14th December 2010.

Chevallier, C. Beyond Theory of Mind: Social motivation in Autism Spectrum Disorders. "Social Cognition", Journées thématiques du Département d'Etudes Cognitives, ENS, Paris, 22-23d October 2010.

Chevallier, C. Understanding of non literal language in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Metarepresentations and non-literal language use Workshop, Oslo, Norway, 16th June 2009.

Chevallier, C. Social Impairments in Autism: A critical review of the literature. Brain and Pragmatics Workshop, Aarhus, Denmark, 5th December 2007.

Chevallier, C. Beyond Theory of Mind: Autism as a failure to see others as partners for interaction. London School of Economics, Seminar Series on Culture and Cognition, 14th November 2007.

Chevallier, C. Prosodie et pragmatique. Séminaire du Département de Linguistique de l’Université de Genève, Genève, 30th May 2005.


Other selected conference presentations

Chevallier, C. What's in a voice? Mindreading and prosody in ASD. IX International Congress Autism Europe – A Future for Autism, Catania, Italy, 8th-10th October 2010.

Southgate, V., Chevallier, C., Csibra, G.. Sensitivity to communicative Relevance tells young children what to imitate. International Conference on Infant Studies, Vancouver; March 2008.

Chevallier, C. Autistic Spectrum Disorders, ToM and seeing others as partners, Summer School on Culture and Cognition, Budapest, July 12th 2007.

Chevallier, C. Understanding prosody in adolescents with Asperger Syndrome, Bloomsbury Conference, London, 27th April 2007.

Noveck, I. & Chevallier, C. Semantic and then pragmatic influences in enriching the meaning of 'and', Utterance Interpretation & Cognitive Models, Bruxelles, 23th – 24th June, 2006.

Chevallier, C., & Van der Henst, J.B, Understanding spatial terms: pragmatic factors influencing mental representations. International Pragmatics Conference, Riva del Garda, 14th July 2005.

Chevallier, C. Influence of intonation on the production of implicatures: Insights from reaction times, ERP and patient studies. Experimental Pragmatics, Cambridge, April 2005.

Chevallier, C. Maladie de Parkinson et Langage, Workshop sur les aspects cognitifs de la maladie de Parkinson, Lyon, 3d december 2004.




Ad hoc reviewer for:  Archives of General Psychiatry, The Autism Research Journal, Current Biology, Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Developmental Neuropsychology, Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, Infancy, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Journal of Memory and Language, The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Journal of Pragmatics, Language Learning and Development, Mind and Language, Molecular Autism, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, PLoS ONE, Pragmatics and Cognition, The Review of Philosophy and Psychology, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.


Funding bodies:

- Standard Research Grants program of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

- European Research Council (ERC)

- Israel Science Foundation (ISF). 

- Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR).
- Research Foundation Flanders – FWO.
- Programme d’accueil des chercheurs étrangers à Paris
Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo


Experimental Pragmatics Conference: 2009 (Lyon), 2011 (Barcelona).



- 2012-2013 Co-PI (PI: Herrington) on Shire R&D grant: Biobehavioral Markers of Anxiety in Autism Spectrum Disorder

- 2011-2013 Investigator on SAP#4100047863 (PI: Schultz): CHOP/PENN Center of Excellence for Autism Research - Relationship between genetic risk factors, brain and behavior (including treatment response) in persons with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

- 2009-2010 Co-Investigator on ESRC Small Grant to F. Happé & C. Chevallier: Social Motivation in ASD.

2008-2009 Post doctoral award of the Orange Foundation

- 2008 Post doctoral award of the Fyssen Foundation (declined)

- 2007 European mobility grant awarded by the Rhone-Alpes area.

2005-2008 PhD grant awarded by Lyon II University. 

- 2004 Merit Scholarship awarded by the French Education Ministry.

- 2004 Prize winner of the Cetelem foundation “Eduquer pour entreprendre”.


Workshop on Social Motivation in ASD: Organiser, Center for Autism Research, CHOP, Philadelphia, 6-7 June 2013.

International Experimental Pragmatics Conference: Co-organiser with Ira Noveck, Lyon, Laboratoire sur le Langage, le Cerveau et la Cognition, 23-25 April 2009.

Workshop on Trust and Reputation: Organiser, Institut des Sciences Cognitives, Lyon, June 2007.

Workshop on Parkinson’s disease and Language: Organiser, ISC, Lyon, December 2004.

Student workshops in cognitive science: Co-organiser with the association of students and young reseachers in cognitive sciences (Estigma), Université de Lyon, 2002 – 2004.



Summer school on the Biology of Social Cognition,  Cold Spring Harbor, NY, July 2010.

Training course to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Toulouse, Nov. 2008.

International Culture and Cognition Summer School, Budapest, July 2007.

Relevance Theory Online Course, University College London, January – June 2004.

Research assistant for project on the acquisition of language (recording sessions with children corpus transcriptions using CLAN). Laboratoire Dynamique du Language, Lyon, France, 2003 – 2005.



March –April 2014: Invited Professor on Human Motivation at the OPEN MIND master program in cognitive science, University of Bucharest, Romania.

Nov 2013: “Social motivation and social cognition” (1 lecture), MA level students, CogMaster, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France.

March –April 2013: Invited Professor on Social Cognition at the OPEN MIND master program in cognitive science, University of Bucharest, Romania.

September 2009 – January 2010: Introduction to cognitive psychology, BA and MA students, American University of Paris; France.

September 2007 – May 2008: Supervision of Neuropsychology Master’s thesis on Cognitive effort in aging.

September 2006-January 2007. Back-up classes for “Psycholinguistics - General Processing” (course for BA and MA students in Linguistics), UCL, UK.

September 2006-May 2008. Long essay supervision: Autism and communication (Four final year BA students in Linguistics), UCL, UK.

March 2007: Autism and Cognitive Psychology (undergraduate course for 3d year BA students in Psychology). Université Lyon 2, France.

September 2004-January 2005, January-June 2005, September 2005-January 2006 General Psychology, course taught in English: (undergraduate course for BA students in Cognitive Sciences or Psychology). Université Lyon 2, France.



2009 - 2010: Social Motivation in Autism Spectrum Conditions, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives, INSERM, Paris, France. 

2005 – 2009: Communication in Asperger Syndrome. PhD Student, Mentors: Ira Noveck & Deirdre Wilson. Institut des Sciences Cognitives, CNRS, Lyon, France.

2004: Translation of Baron-Cohen’s Empathising, Systemising, and Autism Spectrum Quotients (with Anne Reboul) Institut des Sciences Cognitives, Lyon, France.

2004 –2005: Prosody and scalar inferences: A study in Neuropsychology and Evoked Potentials. MA project, Mentor: Ira Noveck, Institut des Sciences Cognitives, Lyon, France.

2002 – 2003: Is prosody relevant? The influence of intonation on the production of scalar inferences. MA project, Mentor: Ira Noveck, Institut des Sciences Cognitives, Lyon, France.

2003 – 2005: Research assistant for project on the acquisition of language (recording sessions with children corpus transcriptions using CLAN). Mentor: Harriet Jisa, Laboratoire Dynamique du language, Lyon, France.

2002 2003: Landau-Kleffner syndrome: A review of the literature and a case report. Mentor: Laurie Tuller, Laboratoire Langage et handicap, Université François Rabelais, Tours, France.