Alison Gopnik

Alison Gopnik is a Professor of Psychology and Affiliate Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. She is one of the foremost experts on children’s learning and was the first to propose that the study of children’s thought processes can help answer deep philosophical questions. Professor Gopnik earned her B.A. from McGill University and Ph.D. from Oxford University.

She is known for her work in the areas of cognitive and language development, specializing in the effect of language on thought, the development of a theory of mind, and causal learning.

Representative Publications

Gopnik, Alison, and Henry M. Wellman. “Reconstructing constructivism: Causal models, Bayesian learning mechanisms, and the theory theory.” Psychological Bulletin 138.6 (2012): 1085.

Gopnik, Alison. “Could David Hume Have Known about Buddhism?: Charles François Dolu, the Royal College of La Flèche, and the Global Jesuit Intellectual Network.” Hume Studies 35.1 (2009): 5-28.

Walker, Caren M., et al. “Explaining prompts children to privilege inductively rich properties.” Cognition 133.2 (2014): 343-357.

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