Drew Weatherhead

Assistant Professor

Email: Drew.Weatherhead@dal.ca
Fax: 902-494-6585
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie University Life Sciences Centre 1355 Oxford Street PO Box 15000 Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Language Acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Social Cognition
  • Cognitive Development
  • Infancy


COGS-P-BCH (Queen’s University)
PhD (University of Waterloo)
PDF (University of British Columbia)

Research Interests

Broadly, my research investigates mechanisms of early language acquisition. I study infants and young children using eye-tracking and functional near-infrared spectroscopy. In particular, my work targets scenarios with speakers who have unfamiliar linguistic and social properties, with which infants have no prior experience, and how this alters word processing.

Selected Publications

  • Weatherhead, D., & White, K. S. (2018). And then I saw her race: Race-based expectations affect infants’ word processing. Cognition177, 87-97. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2018.04.004
  • Weatherhead, D., & White, K. S. (2017). Read my lips: Visual speech influences word processing in infants. Cognition160, 103-109. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2017.01.002
  • Weatherhead, D., White, K. S., & Friedman, O. (2016). Where are you from? Preschoolers infer background from accent. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology143, 171-178. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2015.10.011