Beier, Jonathan

Jonathan Beier
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Program in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
2147E Biology-Psychology Building
General Research Interests: 
  • Social cognitive development
  • Prosocial behavior
  • Theory of mind
  • Social relationships

Dr. Beier's research investigates the development of social cognition, through studies with infants, toddlers, young children, and adults. In particular, his work focuses on how an understanding of other people's mental states and social relationships influences children's own social behavior. His research methods include eye-tracking and looking time measurements, observations of children's prosocial and communicative behaviors in structured tasks, and interviews with children.


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Here at UMD, I'm a member of the Child Studies Consortium, the Field Committee in Developmental Science, and the Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. I also help to organize the Cognitive Science Colloquium. Prior to arriving at UMD, I received my Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Harvard University and completed my postdoctoral work in the Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.