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IMPRS workshop: Perspectives on the ontogeny of mutual understanding

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Human social interaction is enabled by mutual understanding, the development of which is crucial for children’s participation in the social world. The capacity for mutual understanding is increasingly a core issue for researchers in linguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience, and psychology, though each has traditionally approached the matter with different emphases and conceptualizations (theory of mind, common ground, intersubjectivity, perspective-taking, etc.). This diversity of terminology may obscure the real connections between these adjacent fields and the substantive overlap in their subject matter. As a step toward fostering cross-disciplinary exchange, this workshop provides a forum to share recent findings, and assembles complementary lines of research to promote productive collaboration across methods and perspectives.

We seek to address the following broad questions:

  • What is the nature of the link between interaction and mutual understanding in children's development?
  • What are the relative contributions of different types of participation (e.g., active engagement versus observation) in shaping these sociocognitive abilities?
  • What environmental or contextual features potentiate or constrain the development of intersubjective understanding?
  • How might different approaches enrich, complement and contextualize our understanding of social cognition, language, and interaction in human ontogeny?
Where and when:
Oct 1-2, 2015
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, room 163
Organizers:
Academic organizers: Elliott Hoey, Julija Baranova, Elizabeth Manrique, and Will Schuerman
Workshop organizers: Zeynep Azar, Rick Janssen, Suzanne Jongman, Lisa Morano, Annika Nijveld, Lotte Schoot, Johanne Tromp
Sponsors:
Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
International Max Planck Research School for the Language Sciences
International Office of Radboud University
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Radboud University
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