Professor Karen Adolph, who studies infants as they make their first crawls and steps, will outline this process in “Learning to Move and Moving to Learn,” a public lecture, on Mon., Nov. 18.

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How do we learn to move? New York University Professor Karen Adolph, who studies infants as they make their first crawls and steps, will outline this process in “Learning to Move and Moving to Learn,” a public lecture, on Mon., Nov. 18, 5:30 p.m., in NYU's Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science, 100 Washington Square East (enter at 32 Waverly Place or 31 Washington Place [wheelchair accessible]).

Motor behavior is foundational for everyday activity. But how do babies learn to move? In her lecture, Adolph, a professor in NYU’s Department of Psychology and principal investigator at NYU’s Infant Action Lab, will describe how learning to move is constrained and facilitated by infants’ growing bodies as well as by the features of their ever-expanding environments and their caregivers’ child-rearing practices. Her analysis will also point to new ways to understand perception, cognition, and social interaction.

Adolph, a professor of psychology, applied psychology, and neuroscience, also leads the Databrary.org and PLAY (PLay and Learning Across a Year) projects, which enable open sharing and reuse of research video. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. Past president of the International Congress on Infant Studies and serving on the McDonnell Foundation advisory board, Adolph, who has published more than 170 articles and chapters on perceptual motor development, has received the Kurt Koffka Medal, a Cattell Sabbatical Award, the Fantz Memorial Award, the Boyd McCandless Award, the ICIS Young Investigator Award, and FIRST and MERIT awards from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

The event, a Bentson Dean’s Lecture, is free and open to the public. Call 212.998.8100 or email ken.kidd@nyu.edu for more information. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Funded by the Bentson Foundation, Bentson Dean’s Lectures are traditionally delivered by current full-time College of Arts and Science professors as well as adjuncts and visiting professors who are leaders in their respective fields.

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