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Amanda Woodward

NORC Board of Trustees

Amanda is dean of the Division of the Social Sciences and the William S. Gray Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology. She has pioneered the development of experimental methods to investigate social cognition in infants and young children. Her research has yielded fundamental insights into infants’ social understanding and the processes that support conceptual development early in life. Her current work investigates infants’ sensitivity to interpersonal social structure, the effects of cultural and community contexts in shaping children’s social learning strategies, and the neural processes involved in early social-cognitive development.



Stanford University


Swarthmore College

Appointments & Affiliations


Division of the Social Sciences, University of Chicago

Professor of Psychology

University of Chicago


American Academy of Arts & Sciences; American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Psychological Association; Association for Psychological Science