November 6, 2013: Infants’ Grasp of Others’ Intentions: The Development of Social Understanding

November 6, 2013, 4:30-6:30 p.m. EST
Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium at the Simons Foundation
160 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

AmandaPic2_webIn this lecture, Amanda Woodward discusses the nature and origins of children’s social understanding. When we watch others act, we see more than bodies in motion; we see agents whose actions are structured by intentions. This fundamental aspect of human social cognition has profound implications for early childhood development and social learning.

Kevin Pelphrey provides post-lecture commentary on the ways in which our growing understanding of the early developmental origins of children’s social cognition can inform our search for early diagnostic indicators¬†of autism. This, in turn, could lead to more effective early treatments for the core social deficits in autism.

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