Pre-thinking:

Have you ever wondered how babies learn new things as quickly as they do? In this talk Laura Schulz demonstrates that little one’s are employing internal rules of logic to order their world long before they are able to talk!

Who is she?:

Laura Schulz studies early childhood learning at MIT’s Early Childhood Cognition Lab.““[Infant behavior] sHer research focuses on the origins of discovery and inquiry.

 Why you should watch:

The work of Laura Schultz and her colleagues is reshaping what we know about childhood perception and cognitive process. Her work is causing and ‘infant revolution’ within the cognitive sciences.

 Discussion Questions:

  1. What is the role of generalization in early learning?
  2. Describe the methods used snd her finding in the experiment with the balls and 2 babies
  3. What are the ‘three big ideas’ to emerge from the field og brain and cognitive science in the past few years?
  4. Even though we human’s often opportate on limited data, she maintains that, most of the time, “we get the world right, and it’s a remarkable and difficult to understand accomplishment”. Discuss.
  5. If you have access to balls and babies, try to replicate her research and report your results.

Making Connections:

A good companion to this talk is also on the Tedtalkspsychology.com website as Patricia Kuhl discusses the linguistic ability of infants:

http://tedtalkspsychology.com/the-linguistic-genius-of-babies-with-patricia-kuhl/

 

The Surprisingly Logical Minds of Babies with Laura Schultz

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