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Amanda Woodward


Amanda Woodward is the William S. Gray Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago and was a founding member of the Center for Early Childhood Research.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College in 1987 and her doctoral degree at Stanford University in 1992.  She joined the faculty at the University of Chicago in 1993.

Professor Woodward’s research investigates social cognition during infancy and early childhood.  In particular, she and her students are interested in how children reason about and learn from the actions of other people.

Professor Woodward is the Chair of the Psychology Department, and President of the Cognitive Development Society.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Psychological Association (Division 7), and the Association for Psychological Science. Professor Woodward’s research has been recognized by a number of awards, including the Ann L. Brown Award for Excellence in Developmental Research, the APA Boyd McCandless Award for an Early Career Contribution to Developmental Psychology, and the John Merck Scholars Award.

Research Interests

•    Infant Cognition
•    Social Cognitive Development
•    Imitation
•    Theory of Mind 

Selected Publications

"See lab web page (link on right)."


•    From Action to Abstraction
•    Cognitive Development
•    Mind

Read our Psychology Department Newsletter article on Amanda Woodward's research.

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