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2013 Leona Tyler Lecture
Location:Ford Alumni Center
Date:Friday, May 10, 2013 - 3:30pm
Seth Pollak and Jenny Saffran, University of Wisconsin, Presenters
Children's Emotions: Learning, Development, and Biology
How is the brain shaped and refined by children's early social and emotional experiences? To address this question, I will discuss studies of children who have had very stressful early life experiences. I will highlight ways in which we can address central issues in human development by studying the type, quality, and timing of children’s social experiences on brain and behavioral development.
Beyond Nature versus Nurture: Changing views of infant language development
Long before infants produce their first word, they have learned a tremendous amount about their native language(s). What do infants know, and how did they learn it? In this talk, I will describe results from multiple lines of research that suggest that infants learn by tracking statistical properties of language. Implications for atypical language development will also be considered.