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Alison Gopnik (UC Berkeley) on "The Philosophical Baby"

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UC Berkeley psychologist discussing her book "The Philosophical Baby" at a LASER

UC Berkeley psychologist discussing her book "The Philosophical Baby" at a LASER


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  • 1. The Philosophical Baby Alison Gopnik Dept. of PsychologyUniversity of California at Berkeley alisongopnik.com
  • 2. Longer Childhood, Bigger Brain, Smarter Animal
  • 3. Developing Brain Connections age: 0 1 5 10 years adult 70 birth adolescence 60 50 40 synapses auditory cortex 30 20 visual 10 cortex prefrontal 0 cortex Adapted from P. Huttenlocher et al,1979-1997
  • 4. Bayesian Babies
  • 5. Bayesian Babies
  • 6. The Blicket DetectorSome blocks are blickets. Blickets make the blicket detector light up and play music.
  • 7. Preschool StatisticsBlock A: P=2/3 Block B: P=1/3 100% Block A 80% Block B 60% “Make it go” 40% 20% 0% Kushnir & Gopnik, 2007
  • 8. Explanation and Exploration: Cristine Le Gare
  • 9. Adult Attention - Johnson & Vul
  • 10. Baby Attention - Johnson & Vul

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