Her 1952 book They Learn What They Live: Prejudice in Young Children was cited in the Brown v. Board of Education desegregation case. She taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Queens College and the University of Denver during her career and was one of few women who headed a laboratory at NIH, leading the developmental psychology laboratory at the National Institute of Mental Health from 1974 to 1995.
She was also one of the first Americans to go to the People's Republic of China shortly after Nixon's historic visit.
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