Cognitive Science Colloquium
Laura Schulz
Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT
Inferential economics: Children's sensitivity to the cost and value of information

I will present some work suggesting that children selectively explore in ways that support information gain. That is, children recognize that information is valuable. However, information is also costly -- and the costs themselves are informative. Across a series of studies, I will suggest that children's sensitivity to both the cost and value of information affects how they teach and learn from others -- and also how they learn about others. I will discuss these findings with respect to the proposal that children's intuitive theory of action includes a "naive utility calculus".

Thursday, October 16, 2014
3:30pm - 5:30pm

Bioscience Research Building 1103