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 in the SAIL Room, 111 Levin Building (425 S. University Avenue).
A pizza lunch will be served at 11:45am.