Henry Wellman, Ph.D. | Professor of Psychology
Henry Wellman is a child psychologist specializing in children’s developing abilities to think and reason. Much of his current research focuses on the child’s developing understanding of people. As adults, we understand persons in terms of their inner psychological states and processes — we see actors external behaviors as a product of their internal beliefs, desires, emotions, and intentions. When and how do children acquire this basic understanding of self and others? His research is developmental and cultural — he researches the differing conceptions of people acquired by children growing up in different cultural communities, as well as the basic social conceptions in infants and young preschoolers that allow children to learn about their social worlds in the first place.