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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 - 2018

Co-Director, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

1999 - 2018 Honorary Professor, Dept of Psychology, University of Leipzig
2001 - 2018 Co-Director, Wolfgang Köhler Primate Center
2016 - Professor of Psychology, Duke University
   
     
 
 
     
 
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, Paris, 2004
Cognitive Development Society Book Award, 2005
Jean Nicod Prize for Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Paris, 2006
Mind & Brain Prize, Center for Cognitive Science, U. of Turin, Italy, 2007
Eleanor Maccoby Book Award, American Psychological Association, 2009
Oswald Külpe Prize [Experimental Psychology], University of Würzburg, 2009
Hegel Prize [Human Sciences], Stuttgart, 2009
Sir Frederic Bartlett Prize & Lectureship, Experimental Psychology Society, U.K., 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 Jacobs Research Prize [Child Development], Zürich, 2011
Helmuth Plessner Prize [Philosophical Anthropology], Wiesbaden, 2014
Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, American Psychological Association, 2015

 
 
 
     
  EDITORIAL ACTIVITIES:  
     
  Founding Associate Editor:
Developmental Science 1997-2005
 
     
  Current Editorial Boards:
Developmental Science Cognitive Science Cognition
Cognitive Linguistics Animal Cognition Child Development Perspectives
Biology & Philosophy Human Development Language Learning & Development
J. of Child Language First Language J. of Evolutionary Psychology
Interaction Studies Gesture Cognitive Development
Biological Theory Mind & Society  Language & Communication
Philosophy of Sociality J. of Bioeconomics International Journal of Psychology
     
 
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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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