In Honor Of…Linda Smith, PhD
Honoring scientists who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.
Linda Smith, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Linda B. Smith is an internationally recognized leader in developmental psychology and cognitive science. She is well known for her ground-breaking theoretical and empirical work on cognitive development, including comprehensive theories based on dynamic systems, and how the infant’s natural predispositions and visual world interact to guide object name learning. Taking a complex systems view, she seeks to understand the developmental process and, in particular, the cascading interactions of perception, action, and attention as they foster word learning in infants.
Smith has left an indelible mark on the field of developmental psychology. She has published more than 150 articles and book chapters on a variety of topics in perceptual, conceptual, and language development. In 1994, Smith and colleague, Esther Thelen, published the pioneering book, A Dynamic Systems Approach to the Development of Cognition and Action. This landmark volume proposed a new theory in the development of human cognition and action called dynamic systems theory. They argued that all the parts of a system work together toLearn More..