Susan Wagner Cook

Associate Professor

Susan Wagner Cook CV

Research Interests

Cognitive development; hand gesture; embodied cognition; mathematical cognition; language production and comprehension

Primary Research Area

Developmental Science

Training Areas


Research Group

Developmental Science

Representative Publications

Cook, S. W., Duggan, K. A., Friedman, H. S., Cui, J., & Popescu, V. (2017). Hand Gesture and Mathematics Learning: Lessons from an Avatar. Cognitive Science, 41, 518-535.

Hilverman, C., Cook, S. W., & Duff, M. C. (2016). Hippocampal declarative memory supports gesture production: Evidence from amnesia. Cortex, 85, 25-36.

Cook, S. W., Duffy, R.G. & Fenn, K. M. (2013). Consolidation and transfer of learning after observing hand gesture.  Child Development, 84 (6), 1863-1871.

Cook, S. W. (2011). Abstract thinking in space and time: Using gesture to learn math.Cognition, Brain, Behavior, 15, 553-570.

Cook, S. W., Yip, T., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2010).  Gesture makes memories that last.  Journal of Memory and Language, 63, 465-475.

Cook, S. W. & Tanenhaus, M. K. (2009). Embodied understanding: Speakers’ gestures affect listeners’ actions. Cognition, 113, 98-104.

Research areas
  • Action
  • Attention
  • Development
  • Language and Communication
  • Learning and Memory
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2006
Contact Information

277 Psychological and Brain Sciences Building (PBSB)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States


255 Psychological and Brain Sciences Building (PBSB)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States

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