The Native Language of Social Cognition
Monday, November 15, 2010
Neubauer Family Assist. Professor, Dept. of Psychology
The University of Chicago
In this talk Professor Kinzler will provide evidence that language provides a critical, and potential primary, way in which children evaluate the social world. Before they speak themselves, infants prefer to interact with native speakers of their native language. Early preferences based on accent trump those based on race, and guide older children’s learning, social preferences, and inferences about social identity.