When Children are better (or, at least, more open-minded) theorists than adults
Theory formation, casual models, and the evolution of learning
Thursday, February 9, 2017
210 Brogden Psychology Building
Lecture by Alison Gopnik, University of California, Berkeley In the past 15 years we’ve discovered that even young children are adept at inferring causal structure from statistical patterns. But can they also learn more abstract theoretical principles? And are there differences in the ways that younger children, older children and adults learn? I will present several studies showing that preschoolers can learn abstract higher-order principles from data.