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Use Your Imagination: Why children are great pretenders, poor problem solvers, and sometimes less clever than crows

29 January 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This event is free and open to everyone. No registration required.
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Young children are excellent imaginers, coming up with all kinds of creative and weird worlds. But what is the imagination really for? Adults use their imaginations to solve problems, but children sometimes struggle with this. In this talk, Sarah will explore how children start to use their imaginations for creative problem solving: using examples of children's thinking about 'how things might have been different' and comparing children's tool-making to that of clever non-human animals.

Sarah Beck is Reader in Cognitive Development at the University of Birmingham. She researches children's thinking about possibility and time and questions whether adults' thinking in these areas is as sophisticated as we might like to think. She teaches an undergraduate course that compares the cognitive abilities of human children with non-human animals.

This event is free and open to everyone.

There is no need to book so please just turn up on the night. 

Duke of York,
Kings Square,

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