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Janellen Huttenlocher


Professor Janellen Huttenlocher is the William S. Gray Professor of Psychology as well as Program Chair for Developmental Psychology at the University of Chicago. She received the 2002 G. Stanley Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement in Developmental Psychology from the American Psychological Association. Professor Huttenlocher received her B.A. at the University of Buffalo, and her M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard University. She has been teaching at the University of Chicago since 1974.

Professor Huttenlocher is also a member of the American Psychological Association, the Psychonomic Society, and the Society for Research in Child Development. She has served on Editorial boards of the Journal of Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Psychological Review. She has also served on the Behavioral Development Study Section of the National Institute of Child Health and Development and on the National Science Foundation Panel on Memory and Cognition.

Research Interests

Professor Huttenlocher conducts research on various aspects of cognitive development: quantitative development, the development of spatial understanding, and the development of language. She is particularly interested in the role of the child's environment in the development of cognitive skills. She has also conducted research on conceptual representation and memory, including the role of concepts in people's memories of events.

Recent Publications


Mix, K., Levine, S.C., & Huttenlocher, J. (2002). Quantitative development in infancy and early childhood. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Newcombe, N. & Huttenlocher, J. (2000). Making space: The development of spatial representation and reasoning. Cambridge: MIT Press.


Huttenlocher, J. & Vasilyeva, M. (in press). How toddlers represent enclosed spaces. Cognitive Science.

Newcombe, N. & Huttenlocher, J. (2003). Extending space: Exploring the territory of spatial development: Book Review. Human Development, 46, 61-68.

Huttenlocher, J., Vasilyeva, M., Cymerman, E., & Levine, S. (2002). Language input and child syntax. Cognitive Psychology, 45, 337-374.

Huttenlocher, J., Duffy, S., & Levine, S. (2002). Infants and toddlers discriminate space: Are they measuring? Psychological Science, 13(3), 244-249.

Mix, K., Huttenlocher, J., & Levine, S. (2002). Multiple cues for quantification in infancy: Is number one of them? Psychological Bulletin, 128(2), 278-294.


  • Psychology 358--Seminar: Words and Categories
  • Psychology 329--Seminar: Quantitative Development
  • Psychology 423--Seminar: Environmental Effects on Intellectual Development
  • Psychology 205/305--Developmental Psychology

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