Why ‘Self-Generated Learning’  May Be More Radical and Consequential than First Appears

2 February 2023 at 13:00 GMT

Linda Smith, Indiana University, USA

Humans (as well as other biological organisms)  are active agents in their own learning.  They move multiple sensors to optimize or dampen sensory information; they physically interact in the world in extended contexts that sample and resample related contents in the service of extended goals; they explore and form mini experiments on the physical and social world to find out what they do not know.   In this talk, I will present evidence (and briefly, models) on the first-person experiences of human infants  in the wild of everyday life that implicate novel (and in my view promising) ideas about the nature of human intelligence the origins of far generalization and innovation.