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Miriam Novack


Miriam is a doctoral student in the Developmental Program at the University of Chicago. She graduated in 2010 from the University of Maryland, with a degree in Psychology. While at Maryland she worked in Amanda Woodward’s Maryland Infant Studies Laboratory investigating whether infants generalize non-verbal labels across individuals.

Research Interests

As a member of the Goldin-Mewdow Lab, Miriam’s current research is focused on the role of gesture in learning and cognitive change. More specifically, she’s interested in the particular features of gesture, such as its symbolic or abstract form, that may contribute to learning in both infants and school age children.


Novack, M., Congdon, E., Hemani, N., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2014). From action to abstraction: Using the hands to learn math. Psychological Science, 25. 903-910.

Novack, M., Henderson, A., & Woodward, A. (2013, online).Twelve-month-olds Generalize Novel Signed-Labels, but not Object Preferences Across Individuals. Journal of Cognition and Development.

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