1. Bio

    Hyowon (Hyo) Gweon (she/her) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of Graduate Studies for the Symbolic Systems Program at Stanford University. Hyo received her PhD in Cognitive Science (2012) from MIT, where she continued as a post-doc before joining Stanford in 2014.

    Hyo is broadly interested in how humans learn from others and help others learn. Taking an interdisciplinary approach that combines developmental, computational, and neuroimaging methods, her research aims to explain the cognitive underpinnings of distinctively human learning, commmunication, and prosocial behaviors.

    She has been named as a Richard E. Guggenhime Faculty Scholar (2020) and a David Huntington Dean's Faculty Scholar (2019), and received the APS Janet Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions (2020), Jacobs Early Career Fellowship (2020), James S. McDonnell Scholar Award for Human Cognition (2018), APA Dissertation Award (2014), and Marr Prize (best student paper, Cognitive Science Society 2010).

    You can download my CV here and somewhat formal headshots, here and here.
    For a full list of publications, please visit my lab's Publications page.



    2020.9 - Present     Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
               Director of Graduate Studies, Symbolic Systems Program

    Richard E. Guggenhime Faculty Scholar  (2020.09 - )

    David Huntington Dean's Faculty Scholar   (2019.09 - )

    2014.7 - 2020.8           Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology


    2012.9 - 2014.6         Post-doctoral Associate

    MIT, Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
    Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (PI:Rebecca Saxe)

    2007.9 - 2012. 8       Ph.D. in Cognitive Science

    MIT, Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
    Thesis Advisor: Laura Schulz, PhD 


    2001.3 - 2005.6        B.A. in Psychology (summa cum laude)

    Ewha Womans University (Seoul, South Korea)
    Reading & Cognition Lab (PI: Hye-Won Lee)

    Honors / Awards / etc.

    Richard E. Guggenhime Faculty Scholar (2020)

    APS Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions (2020)

    Jacobs Foundation Early Career Research Fellowship (2020)

    David Huntington Dean’s Faculty Scholar (2019)

    James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award (2018)

    Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow (2014)

    APA Dissertation Award, Division 7: Developmental Psychology (2014)

    Marr Prize (best paper first-authored by a student), Cognitive Science Society (2010)

    Travel Grant - Cognitive Science Society (2009, 2010)

    Travel Award, Society for Research in Child Development (2009, 2011)

    Singleton Fellowship for Graduate Studies, MIT (2007, 2011)

    21st Century Fellowship, Ewha Womans University, South Korea (2001 – 2011)
        - Full support for undergraduate studies and graduate study abroad (Total amount over $ 250,000)

    Selected Media Coverage (pre-2014)

    Time Magazine: Study: Kids Know When Adults Are Keeping Secrets (featuring Gweon et al., 2014)

    MIT News: Thinking about others is not child’s play (featuring Gweon et al., 2012)

    NSF Press Release (June 23): Research Shows 16-month-olds Infer Causes of Failed Actions (featuring Gweon & Schulz, 2011)

    MIT News: Don’t show, don’t tell? (featuring Bonawitz et al., 2011)

    Boston Globe: Babies use statistics, reason to understand failure   (featuring Gweon & Schulz, 2011)

    MIT News: When things go wrong, who’s to blame? (featuring Gweon & Schulz, 2011)

    Boston Globe: A squeeze, a squeak, a glimpse of learning   (featuring Gweon & Schulz, 2010)

    Slate: Why Preschool Shouldn't Be Like School

    The Oregonian: Babies are teaching scientists much about the human mind