Department of Psychology Colloquium Series: Mikael Heimann
December's colloquium speaker is Mikael Heimann from Linköping University, Sweden. The talk will be held in ICC 103 from 3:30-4:30pm with a reception to follow immediately afterward in WGR 308.
Title and abstract are as follows:
Title: Deferred imitation in typical and atypical children--Implications for language and cognition.
Abstract: Deferred Imitation is viewed by many as an early declarative memory-like ability affecting the infant’s ability to learn about novelties and regularities of the surrounding world. In this talk I will present findings from three longitudinal studies on typical children as well as from more focused studies on deferred imitation in children with autism. Together the longitudinal studies cover the age range 6 months to 4 years although the core time window has been 9 to 14/16 months. Findings indicate that DI observed at 9 months predicts both the verbal and non-verbal language as well as cognition at later ages; DI measured early might reflect an early domain general declarative memory ability. For children with autism our studies have revealed difficulties with both DI and elicited imitation, but not spontaneous imitation, compared with both children with Down syndrome and a typical group. This points to the necessity of not equating various measures of imitation since they might reflect different underlying processes
Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm
White-Gravenor Hall, 311
37th and O St., N.W., Washington