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PUBSCI: The surprisingly serious science of baby laughter
18 February, 2015 @ 7:00 pmFree
On Wednesday 18th February PUBSCI are pleased to welcome Dr Caspar Addyman from the Birkbeck Babylab, who will be talking about the surprisingly serious science of baby laughter.
The laughter of little babies is infectious, enchanting and may play an important role in their early development. Yet it was largely overlooked by science. Caspar conducted a large global survey of new parents to discover what makes their babies laugh (see babylaughter.net). In this talk Caspar will present the results of his research and show how it reveals a serious and important purpose to this delightful behaviour.
Dr. Caspar Addyman works at the Babylab at Birkbeck, University of London. He specialises in the study of learning in the first few years of life and has researched such topics as how we learn our first words and how our sense of time develops. Before moving into academia he spent 8 years working on financial trading floors. He didn’t enjoy banking so in 2001 started a part-time psychology BSc at Birkbeck. He’s been here ever since, first as PhD student, then as post-doc and most recently as a lecturer teaching statistics.
Join us from 6pm for a 7pm start at the Old King’s Head, near London Bridge station.
As usual, the event is free, but we encourage contributions to cover expenses and to go towards a projector.