Talk by Prof. Dr. Sabine Hunnius (Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University Nijmegen)
Becoming a Social Partner: The Development of Action Understanding and Action Coordination in Infants and Toddlers
From early in life, infants pay attention to the people around them and the actions they perform. They enjoy interacting with others and – as they grow older – take pleasure in cooperating with adults in a playful manner. But how do infants acquire knowledge about their social environment? How do they develop the ability to understand actions they observe in others? And which mechanisms play a role in toddlers’ developing ability to act jointly with others? In this talk, I will present a series of behavioral and neurophysiological experiments which examine the emergence of social understanding and cooperation in early childhood.