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Douglas Medin

Douglas (Doug) Medin

Professor , Education
Professor , Psychology
Co-Director , Program in Cognitive Studies of the Environment
Director , Program in Culture, Language and Cognition

2029 Sheridan Rd
Room 222
2029 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-4000
Phone: (847) 467-1660
Fax: (847) 491-7859
Biography
Douglas Medin is the Louis W. Menk Professor of Psychology and holds a joint appointment in Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. He previously taught at Rockefeller University, the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan. Best known for his research on concepts and categorization, his recent research interests have extended to cross-cultural studies of biological categorization and reasoning, cultural and cognitive dimensions of moral reasoning and decision making, and culturally and community-based science education. This latter work has been conducted in the form of a partnership involving the American Indian Center of Chicago, the Menominee tribe of Wisconsin and Northwestern University. He has conducted research on cognition and learning among both indigenous and majority culture populations in Guatemala, Brazil, Mexico and the United States. Recently he served on the National Research Council committee on Informal Science Learning. He is a recipient of an APA Presidential Citation and the APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Doug Medin was the recipient of a James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical Fellowship Award for the 2010-11 academic year.

Websites
Department of Psychology webpage
Awards/Honors
2008 - APA Presidential Citation

Research/Scholarship

Education
Year Degree Institution
1968 PhD University of South Dakota


Selected Publications
Bang, M. & Medin, D. (2010). Cultural Processes in Science Education: Supporting the Navigation of Multiple Epistemologies. Science Education.

Bang, M., Medin, D., Washinawatok, K., and Chapman, S. (2010). Innovations in Culturally-based Science Education through Partnerships and Community. New Science of Learning: Cognition, Computers and Collaboration in Education.

Bennis, W., Medin, D., & Bartels, D. (2010). The Costs and Benefits of Calculation and Moral Rules. Perspectives on Psychological Science: 187-202.

Atran, S. & Medin, D.L. (2008). The Native Mind and the Cultural Construction of Nature. Cambirdge, Mass.: MIT Press.

Anggoro, F. K., Waxman, S.R. & Medin, D.L (2008). Naming practices and the acquisition of key biological concepts: Evidence from English and Indonesian. Psychological Science: 314-319.

Tanner, C., Medin, D.L., & Iliev, R. (2008). Influence of deontological versus consequentialist orientations on act choices and framing effects: When principles are more important than consequences. European Journal of Social Psychology: 757-769.

Medin, D.L. & Bang, M (2008). Perspective Taking, Diversity and Partnerships. American Psychological Association.

Waxman, S.R., Medin, D.L., & Ross, N. (2007). Folkbiological reasoning from a cross-cultural developmental perspective: Early essentialist notions are shaped by cultural beliefs. Developmental Psychology: 294-308.

Medin, D.L., Ross, N., Cox, D. & Atran, S. (2007). Why folkbiology matters: resource conflict despite shared goals and knowledge. Human Ecology: 315-329.

Bartels, D.M., Medin, D.L. (2007). Are morally-motivated decision makers insensitive to the consequences of their choices?. Psychological Science: 24-28.

Medin, D.L., Unsworth, S.J. & Hirschfeld, L. (2007). Cultures, Categorization and Reasoning in Kitayama, S. & Cohen, D., Handbook of Cultural Psychology Guilford.

Burnett, R. & Medin, D.L. (2007). Reasoning across cultures in Rips, L. & Adler, J., Reasoning: Studies of Human Inference and its Foundations.

Medin, D.L., Unsworth, S.J. & Hirschfeld, L. (2007). Cultures, categorization and reasoning in Kitayama, S. & Cohen, D., Handbook of Cultural Psychology.

Medin, D.L. & Waxman, S. (2007). Interpreting Asymmetries of Projection in Children’s Inductive Reasoning in A. Feeney & E. Heit, Inductive reasoning (pp. 55-80). Cambridge University Press.

Blok, S., Osherson, D., & Medin, D.L. (2007). Similarity to Chance in A. Feeney & E. Heit, Inductive reasoning (pp. 137-166). Cambridge University Press.

Ginges, J., Atran, S., Medin, D., & Shikaki, K. (2007). Sacred bounds on rational resolution of violent political conflict. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: 7357-7360.

Bartels, D. M. & Medin, D. L. (2007). Are morally-motivated decision makers insensitive to the consequences of their choices? . Psychological Science.

Ross, N., Medin, D. & Cox, D. (2007). Epistemological Models: How meanings affect values, goals and stereotypes: A case study of Menominee and majority culture hunters in Wisconsin. Ethos: 478-515.

Medin, D.L., Ross, N., Cox, D, & Atran, S. (2007). Why folkbiology matters: Resource conflict despite shared goals and knowledge. Human Ecology.

Waxman, S. & Medin, D. (2007). Experience and cultural models matter: Placing firm limits on childhood anthropocentrism. Human Development: 23-30.

Waxman, S.R., Medin, D.L., & Ross, N. (2007). Folkbiological reasoning from a cross-cultural developmental perspective: Early essentialist notions are shaped by cultural beliefs. Developmental Psychology.

Bang, M., Medin, D., & Atran, S (2007). Cultural Mosaics and Mental Models of Nature. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: 13868-13874.

Medin, D.L., Ross, N.O., & Cox, D (2006). Culture and Resource Conflict: Why Meanings Matter. Russell Sage.

Bloomfield, A.N., Sager, J.A., Bartels, D.M. & Medin, D.L. (2006). Caring about framing effects. Mind & Society, 5: 123-138.

Rips, L.J. & Medin, D.L. (2005). Concepts, Categories, and Semantic Memory in Holyoak, K., & Morrison, R., Cambridge Handbook of Thinking and Reasoning (pp. 37-72). Cambridge University Press.

Atran, S., Medin, D.L, & Ross, N. (2005). The Cultural Mind: Environmental Decision Making and Cultural Modeling Within and Across Cultures. Psychological Review: 744-776.

Selected Presentations
Medin, D.L. (2007). APS Presidential Symposium.

Medin, D.L. (2007). Kellogg Values Conference.

Medin, D.L. (2007). AERA workshop paper.

Medin, D.L. (2007). Cognitive Science Society.

Medin, D.L. (2007). Psychonomic Society and Judgment and Decision Making Society. Colloquia: University of Arizona, University of Chicago.


Other Research/Scholarship
Louis B Menck Chair award address-Northwestern University—Cognitive Science Society Virtual Colloquium Cognitive Science Society, Psychonomic Society and Judgment and Decision Making Society papers

Research Interests
Learning, reasoning, and conceptual change in adults and children, mental models; acquisition of meaning, culture and education.

Teaching/Advising


Courses
LRN_SCI 451 Topics: Diversity in Learning Sciences


Service/Recognition


Professional Service
Year Organization Position Description
2007 NSF Ford Foundation award committee Member
2007 NRC committee on International Research Collaboration Member
2007 NRC committee on Informal Science Learning Member
2007 Governing Board, APS Member





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