Life History and Learning: When (and Why) Children Are Better Learners than Both Adults and A.I.: Faculty Research Lecture by Alison Gopnik
Lecture: Highlight | March 19 | 4-5 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium
Alison Gopnik, Professor of Psychology and Affiliate Professor of Philosophy
Alison Gopnik received her B.A. from McGill University and her Ph.D. from Oxford University. She is an internationally recognized leader in the study of cognitive science and of childrens learning and development and was one of the founders of the field of theory of mind, an originator of the theory theory of childrens development, and, more recently, introduced the idea that probabilistic models and Bayesian inference could be applied to childrens learning. She has held a Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences Fellowship and the Moore Distinguished Scholar fellowship at the California Institute of Technology, among other distinguished postings. She is an elected member of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Cognitive Science Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is the author or coauthor of over 100 journal articles and several books including the bestselling and critically acclaimed The Scientist in the Crib, The Philosophical Baby, and The Gardener and the Carpenter. She has also written widely about cognitive science and psychology for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Science, and other publications.