International symposium on action research


Action Development: From infancy to adulthood

In adulthood, action production and perception are closely intertwined. How does this link between action and perception develop in infancy, when motor skills are rapidly developing? Is action execution affected by perception? And what is the impact of motor development on social and cognitive development? This symposium seeks to shed more light on the functionality of motor processes in social-cognitive development by bringing together infant and adult researchers and a broad spectrum of experimental methods. Topics will range from action execution – including motor development and tool use –, to action perception, and the bi-directional influences of perception and action.



09.00 – 09.30 - Registration & Coffee
09.30 – 09.45 - Welcome
09.45 – 10.30 - Combining multiple cues for action
                           Denis Mareschal (Birkbeck College, UK)
10.30 – 11.15 - Who you are and what you say - does it matter for young children's action processing?
                           Birgit Elsner (University of Potsdam, Germany)
11.15 – 11.45 - Coffee break
11.45 – 12:30 - Stress impairs cognitive flexibility in infants
                           Norbert Zmyj (TU Dortmund, Germany)
12:30 - 14:00 - Lunch break & Poster session
14.00 – 14.45 - The Development of Independent Mobility
                           Whitney Cole (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany)
14.45 – 15.30 - Perception-action foundations of tool use in early childhood
                           Jeffrey Lockman (Tulane University, USA)
15.30 – 16.00 - Coffee break
16.00 – 16.45 - Clever Chameleon: the influence of action observation on action execution
                           Marcel Brass (Ghent University, Belgium)
16.45 – 17.00 - Discussion & Conclusion
17.00 – 18.00 - Drinks



Radboud University Nijmegen
Spinoza building, room 00.07
Montessorilaan 3,
Nijmegen, the Netherlands

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Key Deadlines:
Abstract submission deadline - 15 August 2015
Registration deadline - 28 August 2015

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