SAIL Room - 111 Levin Building
Department of Psychology
Spatial Biases in Childhood
The ability to spatially organize information is an implicit and important part of our daily experience, as it boosts encoding and recall of a scene. Lateralized spatial associations, in which initial information is assigned to the left side of space, and final to the right, is a common format for spatial structure in adulthood. In this talk, I will outline an account of spatial associations that highlights developmental change, and the role of a child’s culture and social understanding in prompting these developmental changes. I will present current work from my laboratory which details the differences between infants, toddlers, and adults, as well as the differences between a left-to-right reading culture (US) and a right-to-left reading culture (Israel), to support this theory.
The talk will begin at 12:00pm. A pizza lunch will be served at 11:45am.