Ellen Winner

Ellen Winner is a psychologist and a professor at Boston College.[1] She specializes in psychology of art.[1][2]

Ellen Winner
EducationRadcliffe College
Harvard University
Spouse(s)Howard Gardner

Winner received a PhD in developmental psychology from Harvard University in 1978.[3] She collaborated on Project Zero to conduct studies about the way people experience and perceive art.[4] Winner noted how psychological explorations beginning in the realm of philosophy pertained to art.[4]

From 1995 to 96, Winner served as president of the American Psychological Association Division 10.[5] In 2000, Winner was awarded the Rudolf Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement in Psychology and the Arts.[6]


  • Invented Worlds: The Psychology of the Arts (1982)
  • The Point of Words: Children's Understanding of Metaphor and Irony (1988)
  • Gifted Children: Myths and Realities (1996)


  1. ^ a b Menaker, Daniel (2017-06-21). "Two New Books Offer Advice for the Socially Awkward". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  2. ^ Bloom, Paul (2018-09-06). "What We Know About Art and the Mind". ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  3. ^ "Harvard researcher on psychology of art". Harvard Gazette. 2019-04-02. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  4. ^ a b "BC's Winner Speaks on Art and Psychology at Harvard Bookstore". The Heights. 2019-02-12. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  5. ^ "History of Division 10". div10.org. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  6. ^ "Awards & Recognitions". div10.org. Retrieved April 5, 2019.