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Linda B. Smith is a Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Indiana University. Smith earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Smith is the author (or co-author) of more than 100 publications on cognitive and linguistic development in young children. With Esther Thelen, she co-authored the books A Dynamic Systems Approach to Development (Smith & Thelen 1993) and A Dynamic Systems Approach to the Development of Cognition and Action (Thelen & Smith 1994), which look at development from a dynamic systems perspective.

She is also well known for her research on the shape bias (Landau et al. 1988), children's tendency to generalize new concrete nouns on the basis of the shape of the object to which they refer.

In 1997, she received the Tracy Sonneborn Award, Indiana University's highest award to its faculty. In 2007, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013 she received the Rumelhart Prize from the Cognitive Science Society.[1] In 2019, she received the Norman Anderson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Experimental Psychologists.[2] Smith is also a member of the Governing Board of the Cognitive Science Society.

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Landau, Barbara; Linda B. Smith; Susan S. Jones (1988). "The importance of shape in early lexical learning". Cognitive Development. Elsevier. 3 (3): 299–321. doi:10.1016/0885-2014(88)90014-7.
  • Smith, Linda B. (1989). "A model of perceptual classification in children and adults". Psychological Review. 96 (1): 125–144. doi:10.1037/0033-295X.96.1.125. PMID 2928416.
  • Smith, Linda B.; Esther Thelen (September 1993). A Dynamic Systems Approach to Development. MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-19333-7.


  1. ^ "Current and Previous Recipients". Rumelhart Prize. Archived from the original on December 17, 2017. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  2. ^ "Nora Newcombe, Linda B. Smith Receive SEP Annual Awards". Association for Psychological Science. March 26, 2019. Retrieved May 1, 2019.

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