Nora Newcombe
Professor of Psychology


  • Cognition and brain development

Nora S. Newcombe is a professor of psychology and faculty fellow at Temple University. Her research focuses on how people learn and retain information. She specifically looks at spatial cognition and development and the development of episodic memory. She is currently principal investigator of the National Science Foundation-funded Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC), which aims to develop the science of spatial learning and use this knowledge to transform educational practice, supporting children and adults in acquiring the scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) skills. She is currently the chair of the governing board of the Cognitive Science Society, chair-elect of of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s psychology section, and chair-elect of the Federation of Associations of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. She joined Temple in 1981 after first teaching at Pennsylvania State University. Newcombe received her bachelor’s degree from Antioch College and her doctorate from Harvard University.