What Do Babies Know?

Central European University hosted its third Határtalan tudás [Borderless Knowledge] lecture, Who do small children believe: adults or their own eyes?, on April 25. 

Three researchers from internationally esteemed Hungarian “baby labs” presented research on infant cognitive development and what it can tell us about the human mind. Even though babies cannot be asked about what they understand, researchers are able to gather this information by analyzing behavior, gaze and the nervous system responses. The lecture addressed where babies receive their knowledge from, how small children learn from other people and how knowledge learned from others differs from knowledge gained independently.

The evening’s speakers included Csaba Pleh, founder of the Department of Cognitive Science at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and distinguished visiting professor at CEU; Gergely Csibra, leader of CEU’s Babylab and professor in CEU’s Department of Cognitive Science; and Ildiko Kiraly, professor at Eotvos Lorand University and leader of ELTE’s Babylab.

Watch the lecture, which is in Hungarian and accompanied by English subtitles, here:

A key CEU public engagement initiative, Határtalan tudás lectures are free to attend and cover popular scientific topics including climate change, cognitive science and network science. 

All lectures are held in Hungarian, with simultaneous English translation provided as well.