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Talking and owning things are characteristically human behaviors. Come to hear the psychologist’s view of how language begins and the experience of owning stuff.
Owning it: How we process and experience personal property
Dr Emma Watkinson-Aspinall (Associate Tutor in Psychology at the University of East Anglia )
When I get up in the morning, I make coffee in my mug, eat my breakfast while checking my phone, drive my car to work and log on to my computer to work on my projects. In the morning meeting, someone proposes a project idea that I talked to them about raising myself; and a feeling of theft of my idea arises. Ownership is a pervasive aspect of our everyday lives, but, how do we experience ownership? What are its consequences for our interactions with the environment? This talk will explore the psychology of ‘mine’ and ‘yours’.
Baby Talk: How Do Infants Develop Language?
Dr Nadja Althaus (Lecturer in Psychology at the University of East Anglia )
Language is a uniquely human skill that allows us to communicate and crucially form bonds with others. In this talk, I chart the fascinating journey of language acquisition in early childhood. Cutting edge research findings reveal how this complex process begins even before birth, with exposure to speech sounds in the womb. I will explain how we move from this earliest prenatal learning to becoming "expert listeners" in our native language, then to babble and produce speech sounds and ultimately speak our first words.