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SHORT BIOGRAPHY

Co-Director, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.  Research interests focus on processes of social cognition, social learning, and communication/language in human children and great apes.  Books include First Verbs (Cambridge University Press, 1992); Primate Cognition (Oxford University Press, 1997); The Cultural Origins of Human Cognition (Harvard University Press, 1999); Constructing a Language: A Usage-Based Theory of Language Acquisition (Harvard University Press, 2003); Origins of Human Communication (MIT Press, 2008), and Why We Cooperate (MIT Press, 2009).

 

 
 

 

EDUCATION:

DUKE UNIVERSITY, B.A. Psychology, 1972
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, 1980

 
     
 
 
   
   
EMPLOYMENT  
1980 - 1998 Assistant-Associate-Full Professor of Psychology Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, EMORY UNIVERSITY
1982 - 1998 Affiliate Scientist, Psychobiology, YERKES PRIMATE CENTER
1998 - present Co-Director, MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR EVOLUTIONARY ANTHROPOLOGY
1999 - present Honorary Professor, Psychology, UNIVERSITY OF LEIPZIG
1999 - present Honorary Professor, Psychology, MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY
2001 - present Co-Director, WOLFGANG KÖHLER PRIMATE RESEARCH CENTER
   
     
 
 
     
 
Ad Hoc  
1987-1988 Visiting Scholar, HARVARD UNIVERSITY
1994 (summer) Instructor, INTERNATIONAL COGNITIVE SCIENCE INSTITUTE
1994 (summer) Visiting Fellow, BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY
1995 (spring) Visiting Professor, UNIVERSITY OF ROME
1996 (spring) Visiting Professor, THE BRITISH ACADEMY
1998 (spring) Visiting Scholar, MPI FOR PSYCHOLINGUISTICS
1999 (summer) Instructor, INTERNATIONAL COGNITIVE SCIENCE INSTITUTE
2001 (winter) Instructor, LOT (DUTCH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF LINGUISTICS)
2003 (summer) Instructor, SUMMER SCHOOL IN LINGUISTICS, San Marino, Italy
2007 (summer) Instructor, LSA Summer School, STANFORD UNIVERSITY
2009 (summer) Instructor, LSA Summer School, UC BERKELEY
2012 (winter) Visiting Fellow, Center for Philosophy of Science, U. Pittsburgh
 
     
 
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PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

German National Academy of Sciences  [elected, 2003]
Cognitive Science Society Fellow [elected, 2008]
Hungarian Academy of Sciences [elected, 2010]
Society for Research in Child Development
International Cognitive Linguistics Association
International Primatological Society
International Association for the Study of Child Language [President, 2002-2005]

 

 
 
 
 

 

AWARDS & PRIZES:

Guggenheim Fellowship, 1997-98
Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences  Fellow, 1998, deferred
William James Book Award, American Psychological Association, 2001
Fyssen Foundation Prize for Cognitive Science, 2004
Cognitive Development Society Book Award, 2005
Jean Nicod Prize for Philosophy of Cognitive Science, 2006
Mind & Brain Prize, Center for Cognitive Science, U. of Turin, 2007
Eleanor Maccoby Book Award, American Psychological Association, 2009
Oswald Külpe Prize, University of Würzburg, 2009
Hegel Prize [Human Sciences], City of Stuttgart, 2009
Sir Frederick Bartlett Prize & Lectureship, Experimental Psychology Society, 2009
Max Planck Research Prize [Human Evolution], Humboldt Foundation, 2010
Heineken Prize for Cognitive Science, Royal Academy of Netherlands, 2010
Wiley Prize in Psychology, the British Academy, 2011
Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize, 2011

 
 
 
     
  EDITORIAL ACTIVITIES:  
     
  Associate Editor:
Developmental Science 1997-2005
 
     
  Current Editorial Boards:
Developmental Science Cognitive Science Cognition
Cognitive Linguistics First Language Journal of Child Language
Biology & Philosophy Human Development Language Learning & Development
Animal Cognition Social Development

Cognitive Science Quarterly

Interaction Studies Gesture Constructions
Biological Theory Mind & Society

Child Development Perspectives

Philosophy of Sociality Language & Communication  
 
     
 
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SOME RECENT LECTURES:

 

 
2002 Nijmegen Lectures: MPI for Psycholinguistics
2003 Hilgard Lectures: Stanford University
  2005

Fridja Lectures: Amsterdam
Klaus Immelmann Lecture: Bielefeld

 
  2006

Jean Nicod Lectures: Paris
Elizabeth Bates Memorial Lecture: Madison, Wisconsin

 
  2008

Tanner Lectures: Stanford University
Helmholtz Lecture: Humboldt University, Berlin
Vygotsky Lecture: International Conference on Cognitive Science, Moscow
Drever Lecture: University of Edinburgh
Walter Lonner Lecture: Conference on Cross-cultural Psychology, Bremen

 
  2009

Frederick Bartlett Lecture: Experimental Psychology Society, London
James & Eleanor Gibson Lecture: Cornell University
Forum Lecture: LSA Summer School
Keynote Lecture: Conference on Darwin & the Social Sciences, Cambridge University

 
  2010

Page-Barbour Lectures: University of Virginia

 
  2011

Heineken Lecture: Cognitive Science Society, Boston

 
  2012

Bernoulli Lecture, University of Basel, Department of Psychology
Ernst Mayr Lecture, Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, Berlin
Keynote Lecture, Collective Intentionality VIII, Manchester

 
  2013

Alasdair MacIntyre Lecture, Duke University, Department of Philosophy

 
     
 
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