Mittwoch, 21. November 2018, 15:00 - 16:00 iCal

Einladung zu einem Gastvortrag

How do infants learn? Building internal models in infancy

Ezgi Kayhan, PhD, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig



Liebiggasse 5, linke Stiege, 2. Stock, 1010 Wien


Uncertainty is fundamental to everyday life. When deciding on which pizza to order to which shares to buy in the stock market, we try to handle the unknown. To deal with the uncertainty embedded in life, we form internal models of how the world works. In my talk, I will discuss how internal models are built early on in life, particularly in infancy. In the first part of the talk, I will present studies that examine whether and how infants generate internal models of their environment based on statistical information. First, I will present results of an eye-tracking study that shows how 14-month-old infants adapt their internal models to represent the statistics of a dynamic environment. I will then share findings of an electroencephalography study with 9-month-old infants that investigate the neural markers of predictive models. Lastly, I will present a pupil dilation study with toddlers in which we proposed a computational account of how young children form predictive models of an agent’s biases. In the second part of the talk, I will give a brief overview of ongoing hyperscanning studies that explore how infants and adults adjust their internal models in interactions with social partners. Finally, I will sketch future research directions aiming to examine how models of one’s self emerge through interactions with the caregivers early on in life.


Institut für Angewandte Psychologie: Gesundheit, Entwicklung und Förderung


Univ.Prof. Dr. Stefanie Höhl
Fakultät für Psychologie
Inst. f. Angewandte Psychologie: Gesundheit, Entwicklung und Förderung, AB Entwicklungspsychologie