Jessica Sommerville, Ph.D.
ProfessorDegree From: University of Chicago
Interests: early social and moral cognition and behavior; action/perception linkages; role of agency in cognitive development; memory development
|Course Website(s)||Early Childhood Cognition Lab|
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Dr. Sommerville studies cognitive development from infancy through preschool with an emphasis on social and moral cognition and behavior, action/perception relations and memory development.
- Sommerville, J. A. & Woodward, A. L. (in press). The link between action production and action processing in infancy. In Franck Grammont (Ed). Naturalizing Intention in Action. (2006)
- Sommerville, J. A. & Woodward, A. L. (2004). Pulling out the intentional structure of action: The relation between action processing and action production in infancy. Cognition, in press. (2004)
- Sommerville, J. A., Woodward, A. L., Needham, A. (2004). Action experience alters 3-month-old infants' perception of others actions. Cognition, in press (2004)
In the News
- 07/12/2017 Jessica Sommerville was quoted in a New Scientist article discussing how early in life, the benefits of social dominance are expected.
- 01/21/2015 Hey baby, got a bottle I can borrow? Jessica Sommerville has found that children are capable of altruism earlier than previously thought.
- 09/16/2014 Enjoy Jessica Sommerville’s presentation from the 2013 Character Project Conference.
- 04/16/2014 The UW Today just did an article about Jessica Sommerville’s research called “Babies prefer fairness – but only if it benefits them – in choosing a playmate.”
- 04/02/2014 The APA Monitor just did an article on Jessica Sommerville's research titled Not-so-blank states: What do infants understand about the social world? More than you think.
- 04/10/2013 Arianne Eason, who is advised by Cheryl Kaiser and Jessica Sommerville, just a received a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship to support three years of her graduate training.
- 10/17/2011 Jessica Sommerville’s study on babies and altruism showed that a basic sense of fairness and altruism appears in infancy.
- 01/26/2009 Jessica Sommerville and Catharyn Crane’s (4th year grad) research on infants and learning was featured in University Week.