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13:00 - 14:00 14 November 2017

Experimental Psychology Seminar: Ecological learning: How children adapt their active learning strategies to achieve efficiency


Room 305 | 26 Bedford Way (link Map)
London | WC1H 0DS | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Student

Dr. Azzurra Ruggeri, Max Planck Institute for Human Development.

“Ecological learning: How children adapt their active learning strategies to achieve efficiency.”

How do young children learn so much about the world so efficiently? This talk presents the results of recent studies investigating theoretically and empirically how children actively seek information in their physical and social environments as evidence to test and dynamically revise their hypotheses and theories over time. In particular, it will focus on how children adapt their active learning strategies, such as question-asking and explorative behavior, in response to the task characteristics, to the statistical structure of the hypothesis space, and to the feedback received. Such adaptiveness and flexibility is crucial to learn in situations of uncertainty, when testing alternative hypotheses, making decisions, drawing causal inferences and solving categorisation tasks.


UCL Department of Experimental Psychology
+44 (0) 207 679 5332 | h.spiers@ucl.ac.uk


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