Abstract

What could learning look like in 10 or 50 years? What would be the purpose of education in the future? To explore these questions, understanding the mechanisms of learning are probably inspiring. As developmental psychologists, we believe that research on language and cognitive development in babies and young children shed light on our understanding of the mechanisms underlying the learning process. In this talk, we will discuss about the relationship between nature and nurture by reviewing works done in our lab and other labs on attachment, disposition, mindset, and parenting. For example, in collaboration with researchers in US, we observed Chinese and American infants’ expressions (anger or sadness) in response to arm restraint. We will also present how babies and young children show the capability to understand language, simple physical phenomenon, mathematics, and even the mind of other people. So how is it possible for children to learn so much in a short time? At the end of the talk, we will share with audience about our thinking of the role of technology particularly artificial intelligence in the future of education.

Speaker’s Bio

Qinmei Xu is Professor of Psychology, and the head of Department of Curriculum and Learning Sciences, College of Education at Zhejiang University. She was a visiting scholar in the Cognitive Development Lab (host by Kurt Fischer), Department of Human Development and Psychology, Harvard Graduate School of Education and in the Oxford Baby Lab (host by Kim Plunkett), Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. She holds a M.S. degree in Educational Psychology from Hangzhou University and a Ph.D. in Developmental and Educational Psychology from East China Normal University. She also earned a Diploma in Systematic Family Therapy from the Germany-China Advanced Program for Psychotherapy. Her research and teaching interests include early word learning, bilingualism, social cognitive development, parenting, individual differences and mechanism of learning in infants and young children. Her work also focuses on the evaluation of children’s mental development, the influences of physical and social environment on children’s development, and products for children.

For more information about HASS Colloquium Series, please contact Jane Zhang at jane_zhang@sutd.edu.sg

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