Making Sense of Others' Actions: Psychological Reasoning in Infancy
Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium 600 South Gregory Urbana
Beginning in the first year of life, infants attempt to make sense of others' intentional actions. For example, when watching their mother act on objects, infants take into account her goals, dispositions, and beliefs to interpret and predict her actions. Although the nature and development of early psychological reasoning remains the subjects of intense controversy, the notion that infants already possess some understanding of intentional action is becoming widely accepted.
WILL-AM FOCUS interview with Renee Baillargeon
UI Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Infant Cognition Laboratory