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Liza Ware


  • Psychology |
Chair, Assistant Professor
MRC 548


  • Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, 2006
    Northwestern University
  • M.A., Cognitive Psychology, 2003
    Northwestern University
  • B.A., Psychology, 2000
    Reed College

Courses Taught:

  • PSYC 220: Life Span Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 310: Child Psychology
  • PSYC 320: Psychology of Adulthood
  • PSYC 330: Critical Inquiry in Psychology
  • PSYC 335: Learning and Cognition
  • PSYC 499: Psychology Capstone

Professional Interests:

  • My research and teaching interests include the development of object perception, cognition, language, and conceptual knowledge. My research focuses on the development of these capacities in young children (ages 2-6).


    Selected Publications:

    • Articles
      • Gelman, S.A., Ware, E.A., Kleinberg, F., Manczak, E. M., & Stilwell, S. (2014).  Individual differences in children's and parents' generic language.  Child Development, 85, 924-940.
      • Gelman, S.A., Ware, E.A., Manczak, E.M., & Graham, S.A. (2013). Children’s sensitivity to the knowledge expressed in pedagogical and non-pedagogical contexts. Developmental Psychology, 49, 491-504.
      • Ware, E.A., Gelman, S.A., & Kleinberg, F. (2013) The medium is the message: Pictures and objects evoke distinct conceptual relations in parent-child conversations. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 59, 50-78.
      • Booth, A.E. & Ware, E.A. (2010). Categories, concepts, and causality: A reply to Samuelson and Perone. Cognitive Development, 25, 154-157.
      • Gelman, S.A., Ware, E.A., & Kleinberg, F. (2010). Effects of generic language on category content and structure, Cognitive Psychology, 61, 273-301.
      • Ware, E.A. & Booth, A.E. (2010). Form follows function: Learning about function influences children’s learning about shape. Cognitive Development, 25, 124-137.
      • Ware, E.A., Uttal, D.H., & DeLoache, J.S. (2010). Everyday scale errors. Developmental Science, 13, 28-36.
      • Ware, E.A., Uttal, D.H., Wetter, E.K., & DeLoache, J.S. (2006). Young children make scale errors when playing with dolls. Developmental Science, 9, 40-45.
    • Book Chapters
      • Ware, E.A. & Gelman S.A. (2013). Knowledge acquisition in development. In H. Pashler, T. Crane, F. Ferreira, M. Kinsbourne, & R. Zemel (Eds.), The encyclopedia of the mind. Sage Publications.
      • Gelman, S.A. & Ware, E.A. (2012).  Conceptual development: The case of essentialism. In E. Margolis, S. Stich, & R. Samuels (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Cognitive Science (454-479). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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