Janellen Huttenlocher

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SILC Faculty Member and member of our Spatial Network.

Biographical Sketch:

Janellen Huttenlocher



Professional Preparation


            B.A. summa cum laude, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York                     1953

            M.A., Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts                                           1958

            Ph.D., Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts                                          1960



William S. Gray Professor, Psychology (Cognition and Communication,

   Developmental Psychology) and the College, University of Chicago                 1974-present

Professor of Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia

University                                                                                                             1972-74

Associate Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University                                 1966-72

Lecturer in Social Relations, Harvard University                                                    1964-66

Research Fellow in Cognitive Studies, Harvard University                                    1962-66

Instructor and Research Fellow, Graduate School of Education,

Harvard University                                                                                                1960-62

Research Associate, University of Maryland Medical School                                1958-60



Recipient of APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award                           2008

FABBS Honoree                                                                                                     2007

Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences                                                  2007

Member, Society of Experimental Psychologists                                                    2005

G. Stanley Hall Award for Distinguished Contributions to

Developmental Psychology, American Psychological Association                       2002


Five Most Relevant Recent Publications

Levine, S.C., Suriyakham, L., Rowe, M. & Huttenlocher, J. & Gunderson, E. A. (in press). What counts in the development of young children’s number knowledge? Developmental Psychology.

Huttenlocher, J., Lourenco, S. F., & Vasilyeva, M. (in press). Perspectives on spatial development. In L. B. Smith, M. Gasser, & K. Mix (Eds.), The spatial foundations of cognition and language. Oxford University Press.

Huttenlocher, J., Levine, S.C. & Ratliff, K. (in press). The development of measurement: From holistic perceptual comparison to unit understanding. Developmental Science Goes to School: Implications for Education and Public Policy Research, Nancy L.       Stein & Stephen Raudenbush, Eds, New York: Taylor and Francis.

Boyer, T. W., Levine, S.C., & Huttenlocher, J. (2008). Development of proportional reasoning: Where young children go wrong. Developmental Psychology, 44(5), 1478-1490.

Vasilyeva, M., Duffy, S., & Huttenlocher, J. (2007). Developmental changes in the use of absolute and relative information: The case of spatial extent. Journal of Cognition and Development, 8(4), 455-471.


Five Other Publications

Levine, S.C., Gunderson, E.A. & Huttenlocher, J. (in press). Mathematical development during the preschool years in context: Home and school input variations. Developmental Science Goes to School: Implications for Education and Public Policy Research, Nancy L. Stein & Stephen Raudenbush, Eds.,   New York: Taylor and Francis.

Huttenlocher, J., Waterfall, H., Vasilyeva, M., Vevea, J., & Hedges, L. (in press). Sources of Variability in Children’s Language Growth, Cognitive Psychology.

Huttenlocher, J. (2008). Coding Location: The View from Toddler Studies. American Psychologist, 63(8), 641-648.

Lourenco, S. F. & Huttenlocher, J. (2008). The representation of geometric cues in infancy. Infancy, 13(2), 103-127.

Huttenlocher, J., Vasilyeva, M., Newcombe, N., & Duffy, S. (2008). Developing symbolic capacity one step at a time. Cognition, 106, 1-12.


Selected Synergistic Activities

  1. a)development of a cognitive assessment battery for young children, Primary Test of Cognitive Skills, published with Susan Levine
  2. b)co-director of Center for Early Childhood Research, a multidisciplinary center that communicates research findings to the public and early childhood professionals

Collaborators and Other Affiliations

Collaborators and co-editors

  • Laura Beth Crawford, University of Richmond
  • Peder Engebretson, Noel-Levit Corporation
  • Kenneth Forbus, Northwestern University
  • Fan Gao, ZS Associates (consulting group)
  • Dedre Gentner, Northwestern University
  • Susan Goldin-Meadow, University of Chicago
  • Larry Hedges, University of Chicago
  • Peter Huttenlocher, University of Chicago
  • Adela Langrock, University of Chicago
  • Amy Learmonth, Rutgers University
  • Susan Levine, University of Chicago
  • Kelly Mix, Indiana University
  • Nora Newcombe, Temple University
  • Terry Regier, University of Chicago
  • Elizabeth Sandberg, Suffolk University
  • Steven Small, University of Chicago
  • Amy Taylor, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Marina Vasilyeva, University of Chicago
  • David Uttal, Northwestern University
  • Jack Vevea, University of California, Santa Cruz

Graduate advisor: Frederick Mosteller, Harvard University


Thesis advisor and postgraduate-scholar sponsor in past five years

Kevin Mulqueeny, current; Stella Lourenco, Emory University; Shannon Pruden Dick, University of Chicago; Kristin Ratliff, University of Chicago

Over the past 35 years, the total number of graduate students and postgraduate scholars advised has been estimated below. This estimation is based on the size of student cohort in the past five years.

  • Graduate students: 40
  • Postgraduate scholars: 10