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How Babies Learn to Understand and Speak

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Northwestern University’s Science café presents

What's Behind that Innocent Smile?

Presented by Susan Hespos,
Associate Professor

Psychology; Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Have you ever gazed into a baby’s eyes and wondered, what is going on in their little head? If yes then you share the same interests as developmental psychologists. Many people have pondered the origins of knowledge. Do we acquire knowledge through experiences interaction with the world? In 1890, philosopher William James described the mental experience of the newborn as a “blooming buzzing confusion”. In contrast, today we know that babies are quite sophisticated in their early knowledge.

Come discover the latest scientific findings about what infants know in the first months of life.

You can order and eat dinner during the presentation. That’s what I plan to do. The burgers are great!

Free parking across the street.