After studying at University College, London, György Gergely obtained his PhD in Psychology in 1986 at Columbia University. After several postdoctoral positions, including Stanford and Rochester, from 1990 on he is working at the Research Institute for Psychology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, from 1997 on as the head of the Developmental Psychology Group. His two main research topics are development of intentionality and early teleological inference in human infants, combined with a study with their evolutionary bases, and the psychoanalytic study of early emotional development and the unfolding of the self. In 2001 he received the International Psychoanalytic Association Committee Biannual Award for Exceptional Contribution to Research, and in the same year the American Psychological Association F. A. Beach Comparative Psychology Award.
Some of his recent publications: Gergely, G. ( 2002). The development of understanding self and agency. In U. Goshwami (Ed.), Blackwell Handbook Of Childhood Cognitive Development (pp. 26-46). Oxford: Blackwell, Gergely, G., Bekkering, H., & Király, I. (2002). Rational imitation in preverbal infants. Nature, Vol. 415, 755, Gergely, Gy. and Csibra, G. (2003): The naďve theory of rational action. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 7, 287-292. His most recent book is Fonagy, P., Gergely, G., Jurist, E., & Target, M. (2002). Affect-regulation, mentalization, and the development of the self. New York: Other Press.