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Sandra Waxman

Sandra Waxman is a cognitive psychologist specializing in two key areas of research: How language and cognitive development unfold from the first months of life and how children across cultures learn about the natural world. Her research seeks to unravel the basic mechanisms behind how we learn and to offer insights into promoting positive developmental outcomes in all children. Holding a joint appointment in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education and Social Policy, Waxman is a professor of cognitive psychology and the Louis W. Menk Chair in Psychology. She is also a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and director of the Project on Child Development at Northwestern.

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