Interdisciplinary Advances on the Development of Emotion Understanding

In our everyday lives, what we think and what we feel are intertwined in complex ways. Despite remarkable progress on our understanding of what children know and how they learn about the objects and forces, number and space, and agents and goals, we still understand relatively little about children’s early representations of emotions. Recently however, researchers across multiple disciplines have used diverse approaches to advance our scientific understanding of how the ability to reason about emotion develops from infancy into adulthood. The goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for sharing the latest findings, discussing the promises and limitations of these advances, and thinking about how these findings not only inform cognitive development but also advance our understanding of the human mind as a whole. This interdisciplinary preconference brings together scientists from developmental, cognitive, and affective sciences at different stages of their careers. In particular, we are inviting those who have adopted diverse theoretical frameworks in investigating emotion understanding using developmental, neural, computational, and machine learning approaches. The preconference aims to foster lively discussions and stimulate interest among attendees in this growing area, and to encourage new empirical and theoretical collaborations across disciplines.

Organizers: Yang Wu, Hyowon Gweon, Laura Schulz


Date and location: October 17th, 2019 in Louisville, KY

Tentative Schedule

9 – 9:10 Opening remarks: Hyowon Gweon

9:10 – 10:30 Development of Emotion Understanding 1:

By Peter Reschke, Amrisha Vaish, Ori Friedman, Henry Wellman

10:45 – 12:05 Development of Emotion Understanding 2:

By Regina Ebo, Yang Wu, Kristin Lagattuta, Liz Spelke

12:05 – 12:30 Morning Panel Discussion

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch break

1:30 – 2:50 Big data, Neuroscience, and Computational Approaches

By Alan Cowen, Dae Houlihan, Lindsey Powell, Rebecca Saxe

3:05 – 4:25 Acquiring Emotion Knowledge: Theories & Mechanisms

By Erik Nook, Seth Pollak, Lisa F Barrett

4:25 – 4:50 Afternoon Panel Discussion

4:50 – 5pm Closing Remarks: Laura Schulz

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