What is Cognitive Science

Surprise-Induced Learning in Infants and Children

Dr. Aimee E. Stahl

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 12:00pm - 01:00pm

The College of New Jersey, Department of Psychology

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Given the overwhelming quantity of information available from the environment, how do young learners know what to attend to and learn about versus what to ignore? In this talk I will propose that one mechanism for narrowing the learning space is for infants and children to use violations of prior expectations as special opportunities for learning. I will present a series of experiments showing that when infants and children witness an object defy their expectations, they learn about it better, explore it more, and seek explanations for that object’s behavior. Thus, early in life, expectancy violations offer a wedge into the problem of what to learn.

Dr. Aimee E. Stahl


"What is Cognitive Science?"

This lunchtime talks series is designed to introduce the University community to issues in Cognitive Science. Cognitive Science is one the the few fields where modern developments in computer science and artificial intelligence promise to shed light on classical problems in psychology and the philosophy of the mind. Ancient questions of how we see the world, understand language, and reason, and questions such as 'how a material system can know about the outside world', are being explored with the powerful new conceptual prosthetics of computer modeling.

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