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MBC Graduate Training Seminar - Dan Yurovsky

April 28, 2014 - 5:15pm to 7:30pm
Sloan Hall, Math Bldg 380, Room 380-C
SPEAKER:  Dr. Dan Yurovsky, Stanford MBC IGERT Graduate Training Seminar Talk and Dinner


"Toward a Coordination Account of Early Word Learning: Memory, Attention, and the Structure of Naming Events”.

Early word learning is fast; the average child produces more than 1000 words by age 2.5.  Our explanations of this impressive rate point to children's early competence in statistical learning -- tracking sounds, objects, and their co-occurrence in the environment.  However, children's statistical learning abilities are significantly constrained by developing attention and memory, suggesting that early acquisition should be slow.  Analyses of child-directed input present the solution to this puzzle: early language input is calibrated to precisely these same cognitive constraints.  I will propose reframing early word learning as a coordination problem: children's vocabularies grow so rapidly because learning mechanisms and input are coordinated to each-other.

Everyone is welcome to attend (students, postdocs, faculty, staff). There will be plenty of time for Q&A and interaction.  Dinner will be provided at 6:30pm.  The seminar will be held in Sloan Hall, Math Bldg 380, Room 380-C, lower level courtyard side, followed by dinner in the courtyard outside of Jordan Hall, Bldg 420, Room 050.


*Please RSVP for the Monday, April 28 Dinner to by Tuesday, April 22
Event Sponsor: 
Stanford Center for Mind, Brain and Computation
Contact Email: 
Laura Hope