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The 40th Minnesota Symposium on Child Psychology:

Human Communication: Origins, Mechanisms and Functions

October 19-20, 2017 Cowles Auditorium
Hubert Humphrey Center
Organizers: Maria Sera and Melissa Koenig

Draft Program Schedule (times subject to change)

Thursday, October 19, 2017:

Insights into the origins of language: Ontogenetic and phylogenetic origins

8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:15 Opening remarks and acknowledgements
Maria Sera/ Melissa Koenig: Welcome, Rationale, Overview
9:20-10:10 Patricia Kuhl (University of Washington)
The baby brain: language acquisition as a model system
10:10-10:25 Questions/discussion
10:30-10:50 Morning break
10:55-11:45 Athena Vouloumanos (NYU)
What vocalizations reveal to infants
11:45-12:00 Questions/discussion
12:00-1:40 Lunch
1:45-2:35 Catherine Hobaiter (University of St. Andrews)
Without Words: Investigating the origins of language through great ape communication
2:35-2:50 Questions/discussion
2:50-3:10 Afternoon break
3:15-4:05 Ann Senghas (Barnard College, Columbia University)
Connecting language acquisition and language evolution: Clues from the emergence of Nicaraguan Sign Language
4:05-4:20 Questions/discussion
4:20-5:00 Panel Discussion with Day 1 Speakers
5:00-6:00 Reception (Humphrey Atrium)

Friday, October 20, 2017:

Insights into the nature of language: From perception to symbolic systems

8:45-9:10 Light Continental Breakfast
9:15-10:05 Judit Gervain (Descartes University, Paris)
The plasticity of newborn speech perception: The role of prenatal experience
10:05-10:20 Questions/discussion
10:20-10:40 Morning break
10:45-11:35 Amanda Woodward (University of Chicago)
Infant's social learning is shaped by their social environments
11:35-11:50 Questions/discussion
11:55-1:25 Lunch
1:30-2:20 Gary Lupyan (University of Wisconsin)
From perception to symbolic thought: how language augments the human mind
2:20-2:35 Questions/discussion
2:35-2:55 Afternoon break
3:00-3:50 David Barner (UCSD)
Symbolic systems as explanations of perception
3:50-4:05 Questions/discussion
4:05-4:45 Panel Discussion with Day 2 Speakers
4:45-5:00 Melissa Koenig/Maria Sera (Institute of Child Development)
Summary and closing remarks


See information about previous Minnesota Symposiums.

All lectures are free and open to the public!

No CE credits are given for these events

RSVP to Delores Mordorski: 612-624-0317

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