Elizabeth Spelke, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Laboratory for Developmental Studies at Harvard, presents a developmental perspective on brains, minds and machines. Studies of cognitive development in infants can provide insights about questions like, what makes humans smart? How do we develop new concepts and systems of knowledge that are more powerful than our old ones? Where do abstract ideas come from? Dr. Spelke discusses infants’ development of the concepts of objects, agents, and social interactions.
- Elizabeth Spelke’s website
- Powell, L. & Spelke, E. S. (2018) Human infants’ understanding of social imitation: Inferences of affiliation from third party observations, Cognition 170:31-48.
- Stahl, A. E. & Feigenson, L. (2015) Observing the unexpected enhances infants’ learning and exploration, Science 348(6230):91-94.