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Meredith Meyer Ph.D.



Assistant Professor

University of Oregon, Ph.D. in psychology, 2009
Bryn Mawr College, B.A., 2001

Research and Teaching Interests:

  • Child Development
  • Language Acquisition
  • Social Categorization
Professional Affiliations and Awards:
  • University of Oregon Psychology Graduate Student Teaching Award, 2008
  • Psi Chi Faculty Advisor 
  • Association for Psychological Science (member)
  • Cognitive Development Society (member)
  • Society for Research in Child Development (member)
Recent Publications:
  • Meyer, M., Gelman, S. A., & Stilwell, S. M. (in press). Frequency and informativeness of parents' gestural cues accompanying generic and particular reference. Language Learning and Development.

  • Meyer, M., Cimpian, A., & Leslie, S. J. (2015). Women are underrepresented in fields where success is believed to require brilliance. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 235. (Invited contribution to the special issue on Underrepresentation of Women in Science: International and Cross-Disciplinary Evidence and Debate, edited by S. J. Ceci, W. M. Williams, and S. Kahn.)

  • Leslie, S.-J., Cimpian, A., Meyer, M., & Freeland, E. (2015).  Expectations of brilliance underlie gender distributions across academic disciplines. Science, 347, 262-265.

  • Gelman, S. A., & Meyer, M. (2014). The inherence heuristic: A basis for psychological essentialism? Commentary on Cimpian and Salomon. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37, 30. 

  • Meyer, M., Leslie, S.-J., Gelman, S. A., & Stilwell, S. M. (2013). Essentialist beliefs about bodily transplants in the United States and India. Cognitive Science. 37, 668-710.

  • Meyer, M., & Baldwin, D. A. (2013). Pointing as a socio-pragmatic cue to particular vs. generic reference. Language Learning and Development, 9, 245-265.

  • Gelman, S. A., Meyer, M., & Noles, N. S. (2013). Commentary on Bullot and Reber: Essentialism and the appreciation of art. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36, 142-143.

  • Gelman, S. A., Meyer, M. (2011). Child categorization. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 2, 95-105.

  • Meyer, M., & Baldwin, D. A. (2011). Statistical learning of action: The role of conditional probability. Learning and Behavior, 39, 383-398.

  • Meyer, M., Baldwin, D. A., & Sage, K. (2011). Assessing young children's hierarchical action segmentation. In L. Carlson, C. Hölscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 3156-3161). Boston, MA: Cognitive Science Society.

  • Meyer, M., Gelman, S. A., & Stilwell, S. M. (2011). Generics are a cognitive default: Evidence from sentence processing. In L. Carlson, C. Hölscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 913-918). Boston, MA: Cognitive Science Society.
Personal Biography:
Dr. Meyer is a developmental psychologist, with a focus on cognitive development in the early childhood years. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the psychology department at the University of Michigan. She then joined the Otterbein faculty in the fall of 2013. Dr. Meyer researches the ways in which typically-developing children categorize the social- and non-social world, and how this categorization influences other cognitive processes like stereotyping, gender development, and language use. Dr. Meyer teaches classes in General Psychology, Child and Adolescent Development, Lifespan Development, and Research Methods.

Personal Note to Students
As the newest full-time faculty member of the Otterbein psychology department, I have had a wonderful time getting to know my students and the Otterbein community more broadly. I am excited to be here, and I look forward to sharing my passion for psychology with more students in the years to come!  


p/ 614.823.1615
e/ mmeyer@otterbein.edu