Speaker: Professor John Coley, Northeastern University, Boston and Visiting Senior Fellow, School of Psychology, UNSW.
DATE: 2pm Thursday, 3 April 2008
LOCATION: Room 306 McElwain
TITLE: Experience and the Development of Folk Biological Reasoning
ABSTRACT: Professor Coley will present results from a study comparing how urban, suburban, and rural children reason about plants and animals. In particular, he will focus on the emergence of flexible biological reasoning, and how developmental trajectories vary with the biological richness of children's physical environment.
BIOSKETCH: Professor Coley is currently Associate Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, Boston, and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the school of Psychology, University of New South Wales. His primary areas of research are the study of conceptual structure and inductive reasoning, conceptual development and comparative human cognition. He is the author of numerous research papers and book chapters in this area. Prof Coley was awarded a National Science Foundation grant in 2003 to investigate the experience of folk biological reasoning.