Paul B. Baltes Lecture 2011

Paul B. Baltes Lecture 2011 Poster
Friday, 28. October 2011 - 18:00
BBAW, Leibniz-Saal, Jägerstr. 22-23, 10117 Berlin
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Andrew N. Meltzoff

Co-Director, University of Washington, Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences
The Development of Social Cognition: Imitation, Cultural Stereotypes and Identity Formation in Children

New findings have changed our ideas about the development of social cognition. We now know that infants are born with the ability to connect to other people socially: They have an extraordinary capacity to learn from imitation, which has excited much recent interest. Young children are also capable of engaging in joint attention – following the gaze of adults as they look at important objects and events. In early childhood, cultural stereotypes influence the children’s identity formation, which in turn affects future learning in and out of school. At a more abstract level, I will tie these disparate phenomena together by proposing the “Like Me” developmental framework, which has neurobiological roots and implications educational theory and practice across the lifespan.