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Speaker Series: Imagination & Learning in Early Childhood

Location: second-floor library
All are welcome to hear Dr. Caren Walker, assistant professor of psychology at UC San Diego, present on Thinking About the Possible: Imagination & Learning in Early Childhood.

Her research explores how children learn and reason about the causal structure of the world. In particular, how even very young learners are able to acquire abstract representations that extend beyond their observations, simply by thinking. How is “learning by thinking” possible? What does this phenomenon tell us about the nature of early mental representations and how they change? Dr. Walker’s approach is interdisciplinary, combining perspectives in psychology, philosophy, education and computational theory.

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