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Indiana University Bloomington

Linda Smith

Dr. Linda Smith

Distinguished Professor and Chancellor's Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences


smith4 [at]

office: PY 368 | (812)855-6052

lab: Cognitive Development Lab
   PY A140 | (812)855-8256


Perceptual and cognitive development in infancy and young children, the development of visual object recognition, word learning.

Educational Background

  • 1973
    B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1977
    Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Areas of Study

  • Cognitive Science
  • Developmental Psychology

Research Topics

  • Sensory-motor dynamics of attention and learning
  • Development of visual object recognition
  • Word learning

Research Summary:

The central theoretical question is the study of developmental process and mechanisms of change. The work focuses on early changes in perception, language, and action and how those changes in these areas support each other particularly around the age (12 months to 24 months) that children break into language. The research takes a systems approach, seeking to understand how multiple components interact over nested time scales and levels of analysis and how, in so doing, they yield an individual's developmental path. To learn more, see Dr. Smith's complete Google list of publications or to the lab website.


For an up-to-date list of publications please visit Dr. Smith's Google Scholar Citations page, or the Cognitive Development Laboratory's publications page.