Andrew Meltzoff

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Andrew Meltzoff, Ph.D.

Professor Co-director, UW Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences
(206) 685-2045
I-LABS 264
Advising: Possibly accepting new graduate students in 2025-2026, please email with questions.
Interests: Social and Cognitive Development in Infants and Young Children; Imitation; Intentionality; Linking Behavior to Dev. Cog. Neuroscience.


I explore the development of infants' understanding of other people, that is, precursors to "theory of mind." Emphasis is on the development of intention and self-other correspondences. Specific research includes imitation, memory, and social-cognitive development. I am increasingly doing collaborative work on linking developmental to social psychology and child development behavior to neuroscience measures.


Oxford University (1976)

  • Meltzoff, A.N., Waismeyer, A., & Gopnik, A. (2012). Learning about causes from people: Observational causal learning in 24-month-old infants. Developmental Psychology, 48, 1215-1228.
  • Meltzoff, A. N. (2007). “Like me”: a foundation for social cognition. Developmental Science, 10, 126-134
  • Gopnik, A., Meltzoff, A. N., & Kuhl, P. K. (1999). The scientist in the crib: Minds, brains, and how children learn. New York: William Morrow.
  • Meltzoff, A. N. (1995). Understanding the intentions of others: Re-enactment of intended acts by 18-month-old children. Developmental Psychology, 31, 838-850.