Donnerstag, 23. April 2015, 18:15 - 19:45 iCal

CogSci Talk | Vasu Reddy

"Engagement and Social Cognition in Infancy"

Hörsaal 3D (HS) im Neuen Institutsgebäude (NIG)
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Wien


On the talk

I focus on early emotional engagements in infancy and argue for a second person route to explaining the origins and development of mind knowledge. Discussions of 'other minds' often make the tacit assumption that there is one kind of 'other' to know and that there is little difference between observing another mind and having that mind directed to yourself. Both theories and methods in this area are thus unintentionally spectatorial. I argue that both the earliest and most salient experiences of attention and intention occur within engagements with an other addressing one as a You. It is these experiences that allow minds to be 'felt' in increasingly complex relations. In this talk I use data from studies of naturally occurring attentional and intentional engagements during the course of the first year of human infancy.

On the speaker

Vasu Reddy is Professor of Developmental and Cultural Psychology and Director of the Centre for Situated Action and Communication at the University of Portsmouth, UK. She has been studying the origins and development of social cognition in young infants, exploring the role of emotional engagement and focusing on the everyday, ordinary engagements (such as teasing and joking and showing-off or feeling shy) which often tend to get ignored in mainstream theories. Her interest in engagement as the route to understanding has led her to questions about the nature and influence of cultural engagements on social understanding.

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Forschungsplattform Cognitive Science