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How to study the infant mind: Reflections from the Oxford University BabyLab
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 19:00 to 20:30
Auditorium, YK Pao School (Primary Division), 20, Lane 1251 West Wuding Road, Changning District, Shanghai, China 200042 (Registration at 6:30 pm; light refreshments to be served)
Organizer: YK Pao School, University of Oxford China Office and Oxford University Press (Shanghai) with kind support from Shanghai Oxford & Cambridge Society More Events

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How to study the infant mind: Reflections from the Oxford University BabyLab

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How to study the infant mind: Reflections from the Oxford University BabyLab
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 19:00 to 20:30
Auditorium, YK Pao School (Primary Division), 20, Lane 1251 West Wuding Road, Changning District, Shanghai, China 200042 (Registration at 6:30 pm; light refreshments to be served)
Organizer: YK Pao School, University of Oxford China Office and Oxford University Press (Shanghai) with kind support from Shanghai Oxford & Cambridge Society More Events

Price: Free

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How to study the infant mind: Reflections from the Oxford University BabyLab

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 19:00 to 20:30 Auditorium, YK Pao School (Primary Division), 20, Lane 1251 West Wuding Road, Changning District, Shanghai, China 200042 (Registration at 6:30 pm; light refreshments to be served)

Price: Free

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How to study the infant mind: Reflections from the Oxford University BabyLab


By Professor Kim Plunkett, Director of the Oxford University BabyLab and Professor of Cognitive Science at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford


Synopsis

A fundamental problem in studying infants’ development is their inability to tell us what they know. The youngest ones can’t talk and the older ones might not understand what you’re asking them. Therefore, we have to devise cunning methods to figure out what they know and how they’ve learnt what they know. This talk will provide a brief overview of some of the methods that are employed in the Oxford University Babylab to study cognitive and linguistic development during the first two years of life. Professor Plunkett will discuss questions such as:


  • How do infants learn to categorise objects?
  • How do infants learn the meanings of words?
  • Does their native language influence their concept development?
  • What are infants doing whilst they are asleep?


Answers to these questions provide insights into the nature of the underlying mechanisms that drive development from infancy to adulthood. 


About the speaker

Professor Kim Plunkett is Director of the Oxford University BabyLab and Professor of Cognitive Science at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. He is the Tutorial Fellow in Experimental Psychology, St Hugh’s College, Oxford and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.


His main interest is in understanding the mechanisms of change that drive linguistic and cognitive development in infants and young children. The primary focus of his work is on word recognition, word learning, semantic development and category formation during the first two years of life. He also has a long standing interest in morphological processes in children and adults.

In 1992, he established the Oxford BabyLab which is a research facility for the experimental investigation of linguistic and cognitive development in babies and young children. Researchers in his lab employ experimental techniques (preferential looking, eye-tracking and habituation), computational modelling (artificial neural networks) and imaging (ERPs) methods as tools of investigation. Click here for his detailed biography.

 

Co-organised by the University of Oxford, YK Pao School and Oxford University Press (Shanghai), with the kind support of the Shanghai Oxford & Cambridge Society

The University of Oxford is grateful for the generous support provided by our sponsor YK Pao School.

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