Speaker: VLADIMIR SLOUTSKY, Ohio State University
Title: An Adaptive Nature of Developmental Limitations
Ebbinghaus Empire Series 2018-2019
Video Recording of Talk
Abstract: Childhood is often considered a period of developmental limitations: in almost every aspect of human functioning older children and adults outperform younger participants. However, childhood is also the time of unique opportunities in terms of learning new things. In this talk, I present new findings demonstrating how children's limitations in cognitive control, planning, and executive function result in children outperforming adults on attention and memory tasks. I then discuss an adaptive nature of these limitations and argue that they allow optimizing exploration, something that is necessary for successful learning and cognitive development.
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