Robot model for infant learning shows bodily posture may affect memory and learning

Linda Smith

Linda Smith

This news release discusses study findings from an Indiana University cognitive scientist and collaborators who found that posture is critical in the early stages of acquiring new knowledge. Linda Smith, an Indiana University Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ professor, said, “This study shows that the body plays a role in early object name learning, and how toddlers use the body’s position in space to connect ideas.” To reach these conclusions, the study’s authors conducted a series of experiments, first with robots programmed to map the name of an object to the object through shared association with a posture, then with children age 12 to 18 months.

Resulting coverage included: Tech TimesScience 360 NewsThe Free Press JournalThe Times of India,  Nature World NewsMed India and Khaleej Times

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