Hirschfeld, Lawrence


Lawrence  Hirschfeld
PhD 1984, Columbia University
Professor of Anthropology and Psychology

Concentrations: Cognitive development; cultural psychology; social cognition; the anthropology and history of childhood.
Recent Publications:


  • "The myth of mentalizing and primacy of folk sociology." In M. R. Banaji & S. A. Gelman (eds.) Navigating the Social World: What infants, children, and other species can teach us. New York: Oxford University Press (2013)
  •  L. Hirschfeld, "Seven myths of race and the young child." Du Bois Review 9 (1): 17-39 (2012).
  • “Children’s developing conceptions of race” in The Handbook of Race, Racism, and the Developing Child, eds. C. McKown & S. Quintana (2008)
  • “Can autistic children predict behavior by social stereotypes?” (with E. Bartmess, S. White & U. Frith), Current Biology (2007)
  • “Folksociology and the cognitive foundations of culture” Intellectica (2007)
  • “Culture, categorization and reasoning” (with D.  Medin, S. Unsworth), in Handbook of Cultural Psychology, eds. Shinobu Kityama & Dov Cohen (2007)
  • “Culture and modularity” (with Dan Sperber) in The Innate Mind. Volume 2: Culture and Cognition, eds. P. Carruthers, S. Laurence, & S. Stich (2006) 
  • Biological and Cultural Bases of Human Inference (with R. Viale & D. Andler) (2006).
Office Location:
6 E. 16th St., Room 926
Office Hours:

By Appointment



Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5757 x3116


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