Current Professor

Renee L. Baillargeon
CAS Professor of Psychology

Professor Renée Baillargeon received a B.A. from McGill University in 1975 and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. After conducting postdoctoral studies at MIT in 1981-1982, she began her first academic appointment at the University of Texas at Austin in 1982. The following year, she moved to the University of Illinois, where she is now Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Center for Advanced Study Professor. Professor Baillargeon’s research focuses on early causal reasoning in four core domains: physical reasoning, psychological reasoning, biological reasoning, and sociomoral reasoning. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Cognitive Science Society, and the Association for Psychological Science. She was awarded the Boyd R. McCandless Young Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association in 1990, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1991, and a Sage Center Distinguished Fellowship in 2015. Finally, she won the 2013 Fyssen Foundation International Prize, which was awarded that year for research in human cognitive development.

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