Dedre Gentner
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Dedre Gentner
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Titles:
Director, Cognitive Science Program
Co P.I., Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center
Alice Gabrielle Twight Professor, Department of Psychology
Professor, School of Education and Social Policy

Contact Information:
Mailing Address:

Northwestern University
Department of Psychology
2029 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208

Office: 213 Swift Hall
Phone: (847) 467-2035
Fax: (847) 491-7859
Email: gentner@northwestern.edu

 

Research Interests:
Learning and Thinking; Analogy, Similarity and Metaphor; Concepts and Conceptual Structure; Language and Cognition; Language Acquisition; Cross-linguistic Studies

Education
1962-1967 University of California, Berkeley. B. A. in Physics, Honors.
1967-1968 University of Chicago. Student in Social Sciences.
1970-1974 University of California, San Diego. Ph.D. in Psychology.

Present position Alice Gabrielle Twight Professor of Psychology and Education, Northwestern University.

Academic Positions
2007-present Alice Gabrielle Twight Professor of Psychology, Northwestern University
1990-2015 Cognitive Science Program Director, Northwestern University
1990-2007 Professor of Psychology, Cognitive Science Program Director, Northwestern University
1989-1990 Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
1984-1989 Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
1977-1982 Scientist, Bolt Beranek and Newman, Inc.
1974-1977 Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Washington.
1968-1970 Teacher, Achimota Preparatory School, Achimota, Ghana.

Fellowships and Honors
David E. Rumelhart Prize in Cognitive Science, 2016 (announced in 2015)
Governing Board, Cognitive Science Society, 1998-2004; 2015-2020
Member of the International Advisory Board of the VU University Amsterdam Metaphor Lab, 2012
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award, 2012
Journal of Cognition and Development's Editor's Choice Award for 2010
Scientific Advisory Board, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, 2007-2012
Fellow, Rockefeller Institute, Bellagio, Italy, 2006
Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA., 1999-2000
President, Cognitive Science Society, 1993-1994
Society of Experimental Psychologists, 1999
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2010
Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, 2004
Fellow of the American Psychology Association, 1995
Fellow of the American Psychological Society, 1995
Inaugural Fellow, Cognitive Science Society, 2003
Charter Fellow, Midwestern Psychology Association, 2010

Affiliations
American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Fellow); American Psychological Association (Fellow); American Psychological Society (Fellow); Brain and Behavioral Sciences Associate; Cognitive Development Society; Cognitive Science Society (Fellow); Psychonomics Society; Society of Experimental Psychologists; Society for Research in Child Development

 

Top 33 Papers by Topic


Note: All of Professor Gentner's papers are available here.

The semantics of word classes and their effects on acquisition of language

Analogy, similarity, metaphor and related topics

  • Structure-mapping theory and model
  • Structure-mapping in similarity: Similarity is like analogy
  • Similarity in LTM retrieval vs. similarity in reasoning

  • Structure-mapping in metaphor and the Career of Metaphor

  • Comparison processes in learning and development
  • Relational language supports relational cognition
  • Analogical processes in history of science
  • Comparison processes in education
  • Mental models