Anna Waismeyer, Ph.D.

Postoctoral Fellow

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Anna Waismeyer is an Outreach and Education Specialist at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington. As an outreach specialist, Dr. Waismeyer helps to provide parents, practitioners, and policy makers in early childhood education with the tools to provide the best learning environments for children. Since beginning her position this year, Dr. Waismeyer has written and designed a free online training module on causal learning in early childhood and a webinar presentation on play-based learning, as well as contributing to other ongoing projects.
 
Prior to her work as an Outreach Specialist, Dr. Waismeyer was a postdoctoral fellow at I-LABS working under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Meltzoff. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley with Dr. Alison Gopnik and Dr. Lucia Jacobs. Before joining the Outreach and Education division, she investigated infants’ causal and social learning under conditions of uncertainty.

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University of Washington
Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences
Portage Bay building, Box 357988
Seattle, WA. 98195-7988

Telephone: (206) 543-8029
E-mail: awaismeyer@gmail.com

Education

Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Washington, 2010 - current
Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS)

Ph.D. in Psychology with focus in Change, Plasticity and Development, 2010
University of California, Berkeley

B.A., cum laude in Cognitive Science, Cornell University, 2002

Grants, Positions and Awards

National Science Foundation DRL-REESE Grant, 2013 – 2016
$499,210 (PI Andrew Meltzoff)

Cognitive Development Society Travel Award, 2011

McDonnell Foundation Grant, 2009 – 2010
Graduate Student Researcher

University of California, Berkeley, Psychology Department Block Grant, 2008
Graduate Student Researcher

McDonnell Foundation Grant, 2006 - 2007
Graduate Student Researcher

Publications

Note: Currently publish under married name, Waismeyer. Prior publications use maiden name, Waisman.

Taylor, A.H., Cheke, L.G., Waismeyer, A.S., Meltzoff, A.N., Miller, R., Gopnik, A., Clayton, N.S., & Gray, R.D. (2014) Of babies and birds: Complex tool behaviours are not sufficient for the evolution of the ability to create a novel causal intervention. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0837

Waismeyer, A.S., Meltzoff, A.N., & Gopnik, A. (2014) Causal Learning from Probabilistic Events by Human Infants: An action measure. Developmental Science

Waismeyer, A. & Jacobs, L.F. (2013) The emergence of flexible spatial strategies in young children. Developmental Psychology, 49(2): 232-242. doi: 10.1037/a0028334

Meltzoff, A., Waismeyer, A., Gopnik, A. (2012) Learning about causes from people: Observational Causal Learning in 24-month old infants. Developmental Psychology, 48(5): 1215-1228. doi: 10.1037/a0027440

Waisman, A., Lucas, C.G., Griffiths, T., Jacobs, L.F. (2011) A Bayesian Model of Navigation in Squirrels. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Waisman, A. and Jacobs, L.F. (2008) Flexibility of cue use in the fox squirrel (Sciurus niger). Animal Cognition, 11(4): 625-636.

Conference presentations and Invited lectures

Conference presentations
Waismeyer, A., Meltzoff, A.N., & Jacobs, L.F. (2013) Bayesian Spatial Strategies in Young Children. Spatial Memory: Bayes and Beyond (Richmond, VA.)

Waismeyer, A., Meltzoff, A.N., & Gopnik, A. (2013) Causal Learning in an Uncertain World. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Seattle, WA.)

Waisman, A., Meltzoff, A.N. & Gopnik, A. (2012) Probabilistic Causal Inference in Young Children. International Conference on Infant Studies (Minneapolis, MN.)

Waisman, A.S., Cook, A., Gopnik, A., Jacobs, L.F. (2011) Causal Inference in Young Children and the Domestic Dog. Cognitive Development Society. (Philadelphia, PA.)

Waisman, A.S., Lucas, C.G., Griffiths, T., Jacobs, L.F. (2011) A Bayesian Model of Navigation in Squirrels. The Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. (Boston, MA.)

Waisman, A.S., Cook, A., Gopnik, A., Jacobs, L.F. (2009) Causal Inference in the Domestic Dog (Canis familiaris) and preschool age children. The 15th International Conference on Comparative Cognition (Melbourne, FL.)

Waisman, A.S. and Jacobs, L.F. (2008) Flexibility of cue use in the fox squirrel (Sciurus niger). Workshop on the Integrative Biology of Scatter Hoarding: Ecology, Psychology and Neuroscience, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY.)

Waisman, A.S., Cook, A., Gopnik, A., Jacobs, L.F. (2008) Causal reasoning in children and dogs. Berkeley-Stanford-Santa Cruz Developmental talks, Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA.)

Organized Symposia
Symposium Co-chair: Learning in a world of uncertainty: Infants use probabilistic inferences to guide their actions, International Conference on Infant Studies, 2012. Minneapolis, MN.

Symposium Chair: An interdisciplinary approach to the origins of causal inference: Integrating developmental, comparative, and adult studies, Cognitive Development Society, 2011. Philadelphia, PA.

Invited lectures
Waismeyer, A.S. (2012) Causal inference in the domestic dog: Will Pavlov’s dogs ring the bell? Causal Inference Symposium. UC Berkeley, Cognitive Science Organization for Graduate Students at Berkeley

Waisman, A.S. (2010) Causal and Spatial Reasoning in Animals and Children. University of Washington, Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences roundtable

Waisman, A.S. (2009) Causal Inference in Dogs and Children. Lecture for the Search and Rescue of Bay Area Team, Walnut Creek, CA.

Posters
Waismeyer, A.S., Meltzoff, A.N., & Jacobs, L.F. (2013) Spatial Reasoning in a Social World. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. (Seattle, WA.)

Jacobs, L.F., Waisman, A.S., Nicholas, M., and Delgado, M.M. (2011). How to Encode the World: Integrating Multiple Frames of Reference. In Behavior 2011 (Bloomington, IN., Animal Behavior Society)

Waisman, A.S., Cook, A., Gopnik, A., Jacobs, L.F. (2009) Causal Inference in the Domestic Dog and Preschool Age Children. Cognitive Development Society conference. (San Antonio, TX.)

Cook, A., Waisman, A.S., Gopnik, A., Jacobs, L.F. (2007) Causal Inference in the Domestic Dog. American Psychological Association conference. (San Francisco, CA.)

Waisman, A.S., Jacobs, L.F. (2007) Flexible Spatial cue use in the fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger). American Psychological Association conference. (San Francisco, CA.)

Waisman, A.S., Jacobs, L.F. (2006) Flexible Spatial Cue Use in a Food-Storing Mammal. Berkeley-Stanford talks: Cognition, Brain and Behavior (Berkeley, CA.)

Waisman, A.S., Jacobs, L.F. (2006) Flexible Spatial Cue Use in a Food-Storing Mammal. The 13th International Conference on Comparative Cognition (Melbourne, FL.)

Teaching Experience

University of California, Berkeley
- Lecturer
Introduction to Psychology for non-majors [Psych 2; 2010], evaluation score: 5.8/7

- Teaching Assistant
Drugs, Brains, and Behavior [Psych 119; 2008], evaluation score: 6.3/7
Research and Data Analysis [Psych 101; 2008], evaluation score: 6.2/7
Learning and Memory [Psych 122; 2007], evaluation score: 6.2/7
Animal Cognition [Psych 121; 2006], evaluation score: 6.3/7
Drugs, Brains, and Behavior [Psych 119; 2005], no evaluation score reported
Animal Cognition [Psych 121; 2005], evaluation score: 5.2/7
Animal Behavior [2004], evaluation score: 4.2/7

Guest Lectures
University of Washington
Developmental Psychology Seminar (2010) Causal and Spatial Reasoning in Animals and Children.

University of California, Berkeley
Developmental Psychology Seminar, Psych 294 (2010) Causal and Spatial Reasoning in Animals and Children.

Research Reviews in Animal Behavior, Psych C204 (2006) Landmark use in fox squirrels (Sciurus niger).

Research Reviews in Animal Behavior, Psych C204 (2005) Cognitive mapping in 3D: An Animal Model.

Comparative Cognition Seminar, Psych 290B (2005) The Effects of Ecology on Spatial Memory.

Professional Activities
- Ad hoc reviewer
Developmental Psychology, Journal of Animal Cognition, Infancy, Child Development Research, Cognitive Psychology

Professional Affiliations
Association for Psychological Science (APS), American Psychological Association (APA), Cognitive Development Society (CDS), Comparative Cognition Society (CCS), International Society for Infant Studies (ISIS)

Contact

Phone Number: 
(206) 543-8029

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