Darlene Brodeur, Professor

Email address: darlene.brodeur@acadiau.ca

Telephone: (902) 585-1915

Office location: Horton Hall 303

Lab location: Horton Hall 220/222 (Visual Attention Laboratory)

Classes recently taught: Sensation and Perception, Advanced Developmental Psychology


B.A. (Honours), Dalhousie University

M.A., University of Western Ontario

Ph.D., University of British Columbia


I study both intrinsic and extrinsic factors that influence visual attention. These include typical development, developmental psychopathologies (e.g., Autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome), and environmental contexts including exposure to digital media and parenting.


Brodeur, D. A., Stewart, J., Dawkins, T., & Burack, J. A. (2018). Utilitarian attention by children with autism spectrum disorder on a filtering task. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

McWilliams, L. A., & Brodeur, D. A. (2016). Adult attachment and performance on an attentional orienting task. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 48(4) ,286-295.

Flanagan, T., Brodeur, D. A., & Burack, J. (2015). A point of departure in the comparison of social and nonsocial visual orienting among persons with autism spectrum disorders. Autism Research, 8, 575-582.

Brodeur, D A., Trick, L.M., Flores, H., Marr, C., & Burack, J. A. (2013).  Multiple-object tracking in individuals with Down syndrome. Development and Psychopathology, 25, 545-553.

Ketch. K. M., & Brodeur, D.A., & McGee, R. (2009). The effects of  focused attention and state regulation in children with and without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 30, 1-13.

Brodeur, D.A. (2004).  Age changes in attention control: Assessing the role of stimulus contingencies. Cognitive Development, 19, 241-252.


Honours Students

Sabrina Leonard (2018). Individual Differences in Autism Related Traits and Performance on Spatial Cueing Measures of Orienting of Attention in Heathy Adults.

Hayley Sullivan (2018). Early Digital Media Exposure and Response Inhibition in Children.

Holly Barrs (2016; co-supervised with A. S. Champod). A naturalistic measurement of attention and its relation to individual differences in attention-related problems in a normative sample of children.

Brianna Fougere (2016). Digital media use and the development of inhibition in young children.