On Tuesday, July 10th, at 2 p.m. Angie Johnston & Mark Sheshkin will present their work in the Lecture Hall of the German Primate Center (Kellnerweg 4). The abstracts can be found below.
In the evening, there will be a joint dinner, starting at 7.00 p.m. in the restaurant Sambesi (Wendenstraße 8).
If you are interested in meeting the guest speakers and/or want to join the dinner, please send an email to Christian Schlögl (firstname.lastname@example.org) until tomorrow, July 4th.
Here are the abstracts of the talks:
Angie Johnson (Yale University): What can dogs teach us about human learning?
Although some species transmit simple behaviors between group members, humans have a unique ability to transfer entire domains of cultural knowledge (e.g., fire-building, fishing, and theoretical physics) across individuals and generations. In this talk, I compare human learning to that of dogs to investigate which aspects of human learning support our uniquely complex culture. More broadly, I discuss why dogs are an ideal species for investigating unique aspects of human learning because they are one of few species that demonstrates human-like sensitivity to social cues, such as pointing and eye gaze.
Mark Sheshkin (Yale University): New Directions In Online Child Data Collection
Over the past decade, the internet has become an important platform for many types of psychology research, especially research with adult participants on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. More recently, developmental researchers have begun to explore how online studies might be conducted with infants and children. In this talk, I describe multiple approaches for collecting developmental data over the internet, including  platforms developed (in parallel by multiple researcher teams) that are entirely delivered by computer, and  a platform I have developed (TheChildLab.com) that involves a live video chat interaction with a researcher. I report replications of classic results in the developmental literature, and end by discussing current and future research into new topics, including the potential for large-scale cross-cultural and longitudinal research.
Kind regards, Anika Weinsdörfer