Andrew N. Meltzoff , Ph.D.
Andrew N. Meltzoff holds the Job and Gertrud Tamaki endowed chair and is the co- director of the University of Washington Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. A graduate of Harvard University, with a doctorate from Oxford University, he is an internationally recognized expert on infant and child development. His discoveries about infant imitation have revolutionized our understanding of early cognition, personality, and brain development. Meltzoff's thirty years of research on young children has had far-reaching implications for cognitive science, especially for ideas about memory and its development; for brain science, especially for ideas about common coding and shared neural circuits for perception and action; and for early education and parenting, particularly for ideas about the importance of role models, both adults and peers, in child development. He is the co-author of two books about early learning and the brain: The Scientist in the Crib: Minds, Brains, and How Children Learn (1999) and Words, Thoughts and Theories (1997). He is also co-editor of The Imitative Mind: Development, Evolution and Brain Bases (2002).