We (as the Department of Developmental Psychology) would like to invite you to a talk by Prof. Dr. Sabine Hunnius (Donders Institiute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Nijmegen) on Thursday, 30 January 2020 at 12.15 (seminar room 2.111, Waldweg 26). In the talk, Prof. Hunnius will speak about “How Young Children Learn About and From Others” (see abstract below).
We are looking forward to seeing you at our colloquium.
Feride N. Haskaraca Kizilay
Title: How Young Children Learn About and From Others
Abstract: Infants come into this world equipped with advanced learning mechanisms. Moreover, from early on they show an elaborate pattern of allocating attention to stimuli in a way that allows them to learn optimally from their environment. I will present a series of behavioral and neurophysiological experiments demonstrating how these mechanisms support infants’ social learning and action understanding. In addition, I will discuss recent research from my lab on adults’ infant-directed behaviors that shows how adults skillfully adapt their teaching behaviors to the attentional preferences and learning capabilities of their infant interaction partners to optimize learning. Together, my research demonstrates how the intricate interaction of infants’ basic learning mechanisms and a well-matched social environment brings about the astonishing developmental changes of early childhood.