HCDH Seminar: 'Human infants infer social relations from observed interactions' (Professor Gergely Csibra)
|Dates:||24 October 2018|
|Times:||13:00 - 14:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health|
|Who is it for:||University staff|
Professor Gergely Csibra (Central European University) will be delivering the HCDH seminar.
'Human infants infer social relations from observed interactions'*
Professor Gergely Csibra, Cognitive Development Center, Department of Cognitive Science, Central European University, Budapest
Observed social interactions between agents provide information not only about their individual dispositions but also about their social relations. Recent studies demonstrate that when human infants observe actions of an agent that could potentially affect the welfare of another individual (the patient), they tend to include the patient in the representation of the event. We do not find evidence that infants would attribute social dispositions to agents. Rather, infants seem to be concerned with the social relation in which the agent and the patient are embedded. For example, in conflict situations the succeeding actor is inferred to be dominant over the failing actor, tolerated taking may indicate shared long-term interest between the agent and the patient, and a giving action may be represented as an episode of exchange among equal peers that invites reciprocation. Based on Alan Fiske’s theory of basic forms of social relations, I outline a proposal on how human infants could infer the type of social relation in which the participating agents are likely embedded.
- Some will note this is a last minute change in talk from the one previously advertised.
Travel and Contact Information
Ewing Seminar Room, A3.12
Ellen Wilkinson Building