Director, Center for Mind, Brain, & Culture
Professor of Psychology
Laura L. Namy is the Director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture at Emory University. She is a Professor in the Psychology Department where she directs the Language and Learning Lab. She also serves on the Core Faculty in Emory’s Linguistics Program. She received her B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from Indiana University in 1993 and her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at Northwestern University in 1998.
Dr. Namy recently completed a three-year term at the National Science Foundation as a Program Director in the Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Division where she oversaw the Developmental and Learning Sciences Program and also helped administer the Cyberlearning and Neural and Cognitive Systems solicitations. She is past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cognition and Development and co-author on an introductory psychology textbook, Psychology, From Inquiry to Understanding. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Namy’s research focuses on sound symbolism in natural language, word learning and symbolic development in young children, and the role of comparison in conceptual development.
Dr. Namy's laboratory webpage is available here.