Jamie Amemiya, PhD
Hello! I am a developmental psychologist interested in children's and adults' understanding of complicated societal issues. For example, how do they infer the causes of persistent societal problems, such as racial and gender inequality? How do they judge whether a social policy intervention worked or not? What do they think causes public and scientific disagreements about societal problems? Moreover, what are the developmental origins of these inferential processes? My work integrates a range of theoretical approaches to address these questions, including those from psychology, science education, sociology, and philosophy.
At the broadest level, I aim to understand the difficulties that people have in thinking about societal problems, and how their reasoning can be improved across development to be more nuanced and responsive to rigorous evidence. I have studied societal problems like inequality directly, and I have come away with the view that we can generate more effective solutions if we understand how people think about them.
I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago, where I am supported by an NSF SBE Postdoctoral Fellowship. I work with Dr. Lin Bian in the Early Social Thinkers Lab. I also collaborate with Dr. Gail Heyman in the Social Cognitive Development Lab, Dr. Caren Walker in the Early Learning and Cognition Lab, and Dr. Brian Donovan at BSCS Science Learning on the Humane Genetics Education project.
In August 2023, I will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Occidental College.
Check out my current projects here!