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Linda B. Smith

Distinguished Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Chancellor's Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Chair, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Phone: (812) 855-6052

See also: Cognitive Development Laboratory


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1977


  • James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical Award, 1985
  • APA Award for an Early Career Contribution, 1985
  • NIH Research Career Development Award, 1984-89
  • Tracy M. Sonneborn Award, 1997

Professional Experience

  • Member, Memory and Cognitive Processes Panel, National Science Foundation, 1983-86
  • Member, Biological, Behavioral, and Social Sciences Panel, National Science Foundation, 1989-92
  • Member, Cognitive Emotion and Personality Panel, NIMH, 1989-93
  • Lilly Fellow, 1993-94
  • Associate Editor, Psychological Review, 1994-1996

Research Interests

Dynamic systems

The interaction of perceptual, cognitive, and linguistic factors in the psychology of objects and dimensions from a developmental perspective. Two current empirical emphases are: (1) developmental changes in perceived similarity and category formation; and (2) the development of quantitative dimensions. The theoretical perspective is that of dynamic systems. This perspective concentrates on the interaction of heterogeneous systems as the mechanism behind developmental change.

Dissertation Committee Service

Bold student names indicate a cognitive science standalone student.

Author Dissertation Title Committee
Hockema, S. A.Perception as Prediction (April 2004)Gasser, M. (Co-Chair), Smith, L. (Co-Chair), Goldstone, R., Port, R., Hummel, J.
Luo, J. The Dynamics of Permanence (December 2004)Gasser, M. E. (Co-Chair), Smith, L. B. (Co-Chair), Cutu, F., Spencer, J. P.
Desai, R. Modeling Interaction of Syntax and Semantics in Language Acquisition (December 2002) Gasser, M. (Co-Chair), Goldstone, R. (Co-Chair), Port, R., Smith, L.
Sandhofter, C. M. Language Input And The Process of Learning Words: Evidence From Dimensional Adjectives (April 2002) Smith, L. B. (Chair), Gasser, M. E., Jones, S. S., Mix, K. S.
Samuelson, L. K. Statistical Regularities in Vocabulary Guide Language Acquisition In 15-20-Month-Olds And Connectionist Models (June 2000)Smith, L. B. (Co-Chair), Jones, S., Gasser, M., Shiffrin, R. (Co-Chair)
Yurovsky, DanielMechanisms of Statistical Word Learning (September 2012) Yu, C. (Co-Chair), Smith, L. (Co-Chair), Shiffrin, R., Jones, S., Busemeyer, J.,
Goldberg, JoshuaWhen, Not Where A Dynamical Field Theory of Infant Gaze (January 2009)Gasser, M. (Co-Chair), Smith, L. (Co-Chair), Jones, S., Port, R., Schoner, G., Spencer, J.
Hanania, RimaSelective Attention and Attention Shifting in Preschool Children (August 2009)Smith, L. (Co-Chair), Gershkoff-Stowe, L. (Co-Chair), Goldstone, R., Jones, S.
Kapatsinski, VsevolodThe Architecture of Grammar in Artificial Grammar Learning: Formal Biases in the Acquisition of Morphophonology and The Nature of the Learning Task (May 2009) Pisoni, P. (Co-Chair), de Jong, K. (Co-Chair), Smith, L., Port, R.
Klein, KrystalVocabulary Acquisition via Cross-Situational Learning (December 2009) Yu, C. (Chair), Shiffrin, R., James, K., Smith, L.
Sheya, AdamCoordinating Location and Object Properties in Goal-Directed Action: A Case of Self-Generated Developmental Change (November 2009)Smith, L. (Co-Chair), Beer, R. (Co-Chair), Sporns, O., Yu, C.
Shayan, ShakilaEmergence of Roles in English Canonical Transitive Construction (June 2008) Gasser, M. (Co-Chair), Gershkoff-Stowe, L. (Co-Chair), Leake, D., Goldstone, R., Smith, L.
Son, Ji Y.Forces of Contextualization and Decontextualization: A Look at Symbols, Experience, and Language (August 2007)Goldstone, R. (Co-Chair), Smith, L (Co-Chair), Gasser, M., Yu, C.
Zapf, JenniferComprehension production, and meaning: What the regular English plural can tell us about language (July 2007)Smith, L. (Co-Chair), Jones, S., Gierut, J (Co-Chair)., Gasser, M.
Paik, Jae HFraction Concepts: A Complex System of Mappings (May 2005) Mix, K. (Co-Chair), Gasser, M., Goldstone, R. (Co-Chair), Smith, L.