Alison Gopnik
Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

Alison Gopnik is professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. She writes the ‘Mind and Matter’ science column for The Wall Street Journal and is the author of The Scientist in the Crib (1999), The Philosophical Baby (2009) and The Gardener and the Carpenter (2016).

Written by Alison Gopnik

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Essay/
Human evolution
Vulnerable yet vital

The dance of love and lore between grandparent and grandchild is at the centre, not the fringes, of our evolutionary story

Alison Gopnik