Thursday, August 30, 2012

Crib Notes

This week, our podcast is not exactly about physics. It's about how we learn about physics.

Our physical intuition heavily influences how we experience and how we study the world around us. But when and how does this intuition develop? It turns out, this is one of the first things our brains start learning when we are born. Before babies have the motor skills to manipulate physical objects or the ability to talk about them, they are learning principles about the physical world. 

Today on the podcast we'll talk to cognitive psychologists Kristy vanMarle and Susan Hespos about the physical intuition of infants. Research in this field is helping us understand how our brains are wired at birth and, among other things, how much we have in common with dogs.

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