Nancy Rader

Professor Emerita, Psychology
Specialty: Development of Cognition and Perception


Ph.D., 1976, Cornell University
Cognition, Perception, and Evolutionary Biology

A.B., magna cum laude, 1970, Smith College
Psychology, Art History minor

Laboratory Research Responsibilities

Supervisor of Cognition Laboratory (Williams 121). Go to the Cognition Laboratory Home Page.
Principal Investigator for the NSF supported Mind and Body Laboratory (Williams 107)

External Grant Funding

NSF Research Grant, 9/01-8/05, Principal Investigator
NSF CCLI Grant, 8/03-7/06, Principal Investigator

Selected Publications
  • Rader, H. & Hughes, E. (2005). The influence of affective state on the performance of a Block Design task in six- and seven-year-old children, Cognition and Emotion, 19, 143-150.
  • Zukow-Goldring P., & Rader, N. (2001). Perceiving refering actions. Developmental Science, 4, 28-30.
  • Rader, N. & Vaughn, L. (2000). Infant reaching to a hidden affordance: Evidence for intentionality. Infant Behavior and Development, 23, 531-541.
  • Rader, N. (1997). Change and variation in responses to perceptual information. In P. Zukow-Goldring & C. Dent-Reed (Eds.), Evolving explanation of development: Organism-environment systems. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Assoc.
  • Rader, N. (1985). Change and variation: A proposal concerning the importance of heterochrony in development. In G. Butterworth, J. Rutkowska, & M. Scaife (Eds.), Evolution and developmental psychology. Sussex: The Harvester Press.
  • Richards, J.E. & Rader, N. (1983). Affective, behavioral, and avoidance responses on the visual cliff: Effects of crawling onset age, crawling experience, and testing age. Psychophysiology, 20, 633-642.
  • Rader, N. & Stern, J.D. (1982). Visually elicited reaching in neonates. Child Development, 53, 1004-1007.
  • Rader, N., Bausano, M., & Richards, J.E. (1980). On the nature of the visual cliff response in human infants. Child Development, 51, 61-68.
  • Rader, N., Spiro, D.J., & Firestone, P.P. (1979). Performance on a stage 4 object permanence task with standard and non-standard covers. Child Development, 50, 908-910.
  • Gibson, E.J. & Rader, N. (1979). Attention: The perceiver as performer. In G. Hale & M. Lewis (Eds.), Attention and cognitive development. New York: Plenum Press.