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Susan Carey awarded the National Academy of Sciences 2020 Atkinson Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences

January 22, 2020
Susan Carey

Carey’s research examines the fundamental question of how humans construct knowledge through processes such as face processing, social cognition, numerical representation, word learning, counting, and explanation. Her studies in all of these areas have culminated in a grand theory of conceptual change, which she detailed in her book, The Origins of ConceptsThis theory has revolutionized our understanding of how humans construct an understanding of objects, number, living kinds, and the physical world.  Individually and with her collaborators, Carey’s work has given also rise to numerous new programs of research, including “fast-mapping,” “extended mapping” and “folk theories.”


Throughout her career, Carey has tirelessly served as a mentor to the next generations of scientists. She has guided hundreds of students, dozens of whom have gone on to full tenure tracks and their own influential careers.

Grad Student Tessa Charlesworth selected as 2020 Harvard Horizons Scholar

January 22, 2020
Tessa Charlesworth
Congratulations to grad student, Tessa Charlesworth, for being selected as a 2020 Harvard Horizons Scholar!
Harvard Horizons Scholars are PhD candidates chosen for their outstanding research to receive in-depth, personalized mentoring designed to enhance their presentation skills. The program culminates in a campus-wide Harvard Horizons Symposium, which will be held on Monday, April 6 at 4:30pm in Sanders Theatre. This event is free and open to the public, so please consider attending to support Tessa and enjoy these compelling talks!

Mina Cikara Selected for APS Spence Award

February 1, 2019
Assistant Professor of Psychology Mina Cikara has been selected to receive the 2019 Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science (APS).   The Spence award recognizes young researchers who cross traditional sub-disciplinary lines in psychological science and honors contributions that reveal the organization underlying complex behavior by drawing upon multiple fields of psychological science.