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Children's Learning and Development

New Approaches to the Old Nature-Nurture Debate
Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 6:00am

In their Academy Evening talk, UW–Madison psychology professors Jenny Saffran and Seth Pollak look at contemporary perspectives, complex human behaviors, and new insights about the emergence of young children's language and social skills that raise questions both about basic scientific theories and applications to public policy. Recorded on April 21, 2009, at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art lecture hall in Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI.


Seth Pollak is a Professor of Psychology and developmental psychopathologist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research is focused on understanding the mechanisms through which children's experiences increase biobehavioral development and vulnerability for behavioral disorders.

Jenny Saffran is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research focuses on the kinds of learning abilities required to master the complexities of language. Three broad issues characterize her work. One line of research asks what kinds of learning emerge in infancy.

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