Talk @ Reed: Preschoolers’ Curiosity about Novel Words

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 4:30pm
Psychology 136

Sofia Jimenez, Ph.D. in developmental science at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, will discuss how in the preschool years, children who become curious about words’ meanings may be making active, self-directed attempts at learning those words. Her current study’s aim is to create a measure of children’s curiosity about novel words, determine whether 3-to-5-year-olds seek information about novel words more systematically across development, and uncover the characteristics of children who are the most word-curious. Jimenez will address whether awareness of gaps in one’s lexicon, vocabulary size, verbal fluency, epistemic curiosity, and cognitive control influence the likelihood of seeking information about a novel word.

Sponsored by the psychology department and the office for institutional diversity’s Young Scholar program. Free and open to the public.

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