Please join us for "Infants' grasp of others' intentions: The development of social understanding – A lecture by Dr. Amanda Woodward with commentary by Dr. Kevin Pelphrey", a free event for the scientific community — graduate level and higher — at the Simons Foundation, located on 21st Street in Manhattan. At a reception immediately following the talk, guests will have the opportunity to meet the speakers and mingle with colleagues. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to obtain tickets online now through Eventbrite.
In this lecture, Amanda Woodward will discuss the nature and origins of children's social understanding. When we watch others act, we see more than bodies in motion; we see agents whose actions are structured by intentions. This fundamental aspect of human social cognition has profound implications for early childhood development and social learning.
Burgeoning evidence shows that in typical development, this aspect of social cognition emerges during infancy. And recent evidence reveals that infancy is a period of rapid change and development in this ability. Early social knowledge depends critically on their active engagement with the physical and social world.
Kevin Pelphrey will provide post-lecture commentary on the ways in which our growing understanding of the nature and early developmental origins of children's social understanding can inform our search for early diagnostic indicators of autism and more effective early treatments for the core social deficits in ASD.
About the Speaker
Woodward is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the Association for Psychological Science. She is incoming president of the Cognitive Development Society and serves on the executive board of the International Society on Infant Studies. Woodward has pioneered the study of infant social cognition, particularly infants’ understanding of others’ actions and the relation between infants’ own actions and their action perception. Her research also investigates infants’ learning from social partners, and cross-cultural variations in early social learning.
About the Commentator
Kevin Pelphrey is the Harris Professor in the Yale Child Study Center and director of the Center for Translational Developmental Neuroscience and Yale Center for Excellence in Autism Research and Treatment. As a Simons Foundation Investigator, his research focuses on the application of cognitive neuroscience and genetics techniques to understanding the systems biology of neurodevelopment disorders.
Doors open 4:00p
Lecture and Commentary 4:30-5:30p
Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium
160 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor
(Entrance on 21st Street)
New York, NY 10010
The Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium offers accessible seating to patrons with special access needs. Please fill out the special accommodations request when ordering your ticket online.
When & Where
Simons Foundation Lectures
The Simons Foundation launched the Simons Foundation Lectures in 2013 with the intention of drawing area scientists and scholars together around diverse and important topics in mathematics, physics, computer science, life sciences and autism research.
To read more about the Simons Foundation mission and its programs, please visit simonsfoundation.org.