Professor Amanda Brandone

Interested in development? Meet Professor Brandone! Professor Brandone studied psychology as an undergraduate at Boston College, where she took a course by Dr. Ellen Winner that sparked her interest in cognitive development. The class started her fascination with studies of preverbal infants' knowledge and the ways in which deceptively simple experimental methods could be used to address fundamental theoretical questions. Since then, she has focused on cognitive development research. Currently, she is studying the emergence of the understanding of human action as intentional. In particular, she is investigating the mechanisms by which infants build an understanding of the intentional nature of action and what kinds of experiences support this developmental process. Professor Brandone is most excited about how interdisciplinary the Lehigh Cognitive Science program is, as it is “refreshing to see how people outside of psychology think about and study questions related to the mind.”