Jean M. Mandler is a research professor in the department of cognitive science at UCSD. A renowned authority on cognitive development in infancy, Mandler's specific areas of interest include concept formation in infancy and the ability of infants to recall the past. She is interested in how babies develop concepts that help them navigate their world. Cognitive scientists have gradually come to realize that one of the best ways to understand the complexities of mental processes is to find their origins in infancy and trace them as they develop over time. Mandler has published on a variety of topics related to cognitive development, including recall and memory in infants, perceptual and conceptual formation, semantic memory, language comprehension, and spatial relations. Her most recent book, published in 2004, is titled \"The Foundations of Mind: Origins of Conceptual Thought.\" Mandler joined the faculty of the psychology department in 1973. In the late 1980s, she helped to found the UCSD department of cognitive science and became a faculty member of that department. Prior to joining UCSD, Mandler held teaching positions at Harvard University, University of Toronto, and Oxford University. She is a fellow of numerous honorary and professional societies, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the American Psychological Society. Mandler received her B.A. in philosophy from Swarthmore College and her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University.