Institut Jean Nicod

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Le séminaire CogSoc traite de l’étude de la cognition sociale humaine à l’interface entre la philosophie, les neurosciences cognitives et la psychologie du développement.

Pierre Jacob (CNRS, IJN)

Institut Jean-Nicod, Pavillon Jardin, ENS, 29, rue d'Ulm 75005 Paris. Salle de réunion du RDC.

Programme :


Lundi 8 juin de 14h à 16h - Institut Jean-Nicod, Pavillon Jardin, Salle de réunion du RDC.
Katherine Kinzler (Psychologie, Université de Chicago),

 "Linguistic diversity marks social groups and facilitates interpersonal communication"

Abstract: Beyond the literal content it provides, language conveys social meaning. My research explores the developmental origins of humans’ thinking about language as a social category. Beginning remarkably early in life, attention to linguistic diversity influences children’s social evaluations of others, as well as their reasoning about other’s social relationships and identities over time. In several cases, early social attention to language and accent can surpass attention to race. Yet, while linguistic diversity may cause social divisions, it can also facilitate social understanding: children exposed to diverse linguistic environments exhibit more effective social communication skills than children in monolingual environments. I conclude by situating this research within a broader framework that aims to understand the origins and development of cultural cognition.



Jeudi 18 décembre 2014 de 14h à 15h30.

It will examine Kovacs et al.'s answer to the recent critique of Kovacs et al. (2010) by Philipps and colleagues.
Kovacs et al. (2010) have argued that their findings show that humans automatically compute the contents of others' false beliefs about the presence of a ball behind an occluder.
Philipps and colleagues have recently argued in turn that Kovacs et al.'s (2010) findings reflect different temporal intervals between the attention check and the detection of the ball, not the automatic computation of the smurf's expectation about the presence of the ball.