Making Sense of Others' Actions: Psychological Reasoning in Infancy

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
Renee L. Baillargeon
7:30 pm

Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium 600 South Gregory Urbana

Event Description

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

Renee L. Baillargeon Abstract

Renee L. Baillargeon

UI Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Infant Cognition Laboratory