Professor of Psychology in Education at the University of York (UK)

Sophie von Stumm

Sophie von Stumm is Professor of Psychology in Education at the University of York. She studies the causes and consequences of individual differences in lifespan cognitive development. Using new assessment technologies that enable collecting big, high-quality data, her research focuses in particular on three areas: (1) the effects of early life environments on children’s cognitive and verbal development; (2) the role of investment personality traits like curiosity and imagination for adult intellect; and (3) the relationship between genome-wide polygenic scores and educational attainment. Sophie von Stumm’s work has been funded by the British Academy, Wellcome Trust, and the John Templeton Foundation. She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and she has developed two research smartphone apps. She won theAPS Rising Star Award in 2015 and the ISSID Early Career Award in 2013. She is recipient of a Jacobs Foundation Fellowship 2017-2019.

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