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Amanda Woodward is the William S. Gray Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago. Her research investigates infant social cognition and early language development including the understanding of goal-directed actions, agency, theory of mind, and learning from social partners.
Education and awards
Dr. Woodward received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University in 1992. She was a post doctoral fellow at Cornell University and a faculty member at the University of Chicago before joining the faculty at the University of Maryland in 2005. In 2010, she returned to Chicago. Her research has been recognized by several awards including the John Merck Fund Young Scholars Award (1994), the APA Boyd McCandless Award (2000) and a James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical Fellowship (2003–2004). She is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and of the American Psychological Association (Division 7), and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Woodward, A. L. (2013). Infant foundations of intentional understanding. In M. R. Banaji & S. A. Gelman (Eds.). Navigating the Social World: A Developmental Perspective. Oxford University Press.
Cannon, E. Woodward, A.L. (2012). Infants generate goal-based action predictions. Developmental Science.
Gerson, S. & Woodward, A. (2012). A claw is like my hand: Comparison supports goal analysis in infants. Cognition.
Koenig, M. A. & Woodward, A. L. (2012). Learning words from foreign speakers: Two-year-olds’ understanding of conventional boundaries. Journal of Child Language.
Cannon, E. Woodward, A., Gredebäck, G., von Hofsten, C., & Turek, C. (2011). Action production influences 12-month-old infants’ attention to others’ actions. Developmental Science.
Henderson, A.M.E., & Woodward, A. L. (2011). Let's work together: What do infants understand about collaborative goals? Cognition, 121, 12-21.
Killen, M., Mulvey, K. L., Richardson, C, Jampol, N., & Woodward, A. (2011). The accidental transgressor: Morally relevant theory of mind, Cognition, 119, 197-215.
Gerson, S. & Woodward, A. L. (2010). Building intentional action knowledge with one’s hands. In S. P. Johnson (Ed.) Neo-constructivism. Oxford University Press.
Koenig, M. A. & Woodward, A. L. (2010). Twenty-four-month-olds’ sensitivity to the prior inaccuracy of the source. Developmental Psychology, Vol 46(4), 815-82.
Sommerville, J. A. & Woodward, A. L. (2010). The link between action production and action processing in infancy. In F. Grammont, D. Legrand, & P. LIvet (Eds.). Naturalizing intention in action. (pp. 67–89). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Vaish, A. & Woodward, A. L. (2010). Infants use attention but not emotions to predict others’ actions. Infant Behavior and Development, Vol 33(1), 79-87.