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Susan Hespos

Susan Hespos

  • Associate Professor, Psychology
  • Associate Professor, Learning Sciences

Academic Area

Learning Sciences

Research Interests

Object representation, number and spatial relationships.



  • PhD, Developmental Psychology, Emory University, 1996
  • MA, Cognitive Psychology, Emory University, 1993
  • BA, Psychology, Reed College, 1990

Awards and Honors

  • 2006 - Distinguished Teaching Award from the Undergraduate Psychology Association Northwestern University
  • 2004 - Professor of the Month, Selected by the Greek Community / Panhellenic Council Vanderbilt University
  • 2000 - McDonnell-Pew Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience Fellow, Dartmouth College

Selected Publications

Hespos, S.J., Dora, B., Rips, L., & Christie, S. (Working Paper/In Press/Under Review). Infants make quantity discriminations for substances. Child Development.

Hespos, S. J. (2010). What is optical imaging?. Journal of Cognition and Development: 3-15.

Ferry, A., Hespos, S.J., & Waxman, S. (2010). Categorization in 3- and 4-month-old Infants: An Advantage of Words Over Tones. Child Development: 472-479.