Yuko Munakata

Yuko Munakata

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at CU Boulder and Published Author

Idea Worth Sharing: Parenting books promise to show people how to raise happy, successful children, and in the process, to reveal why each of us turned out the way we did. But the science of child development tells a different story about how parents influence children—a story that may shock, unsettle, and ultimately reassure anyone who has ever been a parent, or a child.

Yuko is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research has been featured in The Atlantic, Parents magazine, and even The Onion. She co-edited two books on brain and cognitive development, and co-authored a computational cognitive neuroscience textbook. She has received awards for research, teaching, and mentoring.

After earning her B.A. and B.S. from Stanford University and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, she conducted postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She lives in Boulder with her husband and two sons–who helped her to realize how much she didn’t know about development.