Jamie Amemiya, PhD
Hello and welcome to my website! I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Occidental College. I am broadly interested in the development of social cognition as it relates to how children and adults think about societal problems. My current research interests include how children and adults reason about the causes of social inequality, how they represent social categories and societal hierarchies, and their reasoning about why people disagree. Broader theoretical topics of interest include causal reasoning, counterfactual thinking, social categorization, and achievement motivation.
Amemiya, J., Mortenson, E., Heyman, G. D., & Walker, C. M. (in press). Thinking structurally: A cognitive framework for understanding how people attribute inequality to structural causes. Perspectives on Psychological Science. doi: doi.org/10.1177/17456916221093593 PDF
Amemiya, J., Mortenson, E., Ahn, S., Walker, C. M., & Heyman, G. D. (2022). Children acknowledge physical constraints less when actors behave stereotypically: Gender stereotypes as a case study. Child Development, 93, 72-83. doi:10.1111/cdev.13643 PDF
Amemiya, J., Walker, C. M., & Heyman, G. D. (2021). Children’s developing ability to resolve disagreements by integrating perspectives. Child Development, 92, e1228-e1241. doi:10.1111/cdev.13603 PDF
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