Todd Gureckis, Assistant Professor of Psyc Cog & Perception, New York University

 

Todd Gureckis, Assistant Professor of Psyc Cog & Perception, New York University

Sage 4101

October 21, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

My research explores how people learn from their interactions with the world around them.  For example, how are we so good at figuring out how something works by tinkering with it? How do we formulate questions with the goal of gaining knowledge and reducing our uncertainty? How do our choices to gather information affect our memory or knowledge? Such questions strike at the heart of what makes us such an adaptable and intelligent species.  In this talk, I will describe recent progress in my lab understanding how people gather information in "self-directed" learning environments (i.e., those where the learner is in control of what to learn about and when to learn it).  A primary objective of this work is to develop detailed computational models of human learning, and my talk will highlight the important role that such models can play in helping to understand self-directed learning as a core aspect of human behavior.  I will conclude by discussing implications of this work for education, instructional design, as well as the basic science of human learning.

 

 

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