Latest Alison Gopnik Stories

Preschoolers Can Be Smarter Than College Students At Figuring Out Gizmos
2014-03-07 13:24:30

[ Watch The Video: Kids Outsmart Grown-Ups: Berkeley Research ] Yasmin Anwar, University of California, Berkeley Preschoolers can be smarter than college students at figuring out how unusual toys and gadgets work because they’re more flexible and less biased than adults in their ideas about cause and effect, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Edinburgh. The findings suggest that technology and innovation can benefit from...

Kids Scientific Method Is Just Like Researchers
2012-09-28 13:40:48

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Though their actions look suspiciously like play, a new study performed by  University of California at Berkeley psychology professor and affiliate professor of philosophy Alison Gopnik shows that children approach problems in need of solutions in much the same manner as scientists. Her findings are published in today´s issue of the journal Science. By utilizing more precise advanced research methods and mathematical...

2012-03-13 10:48:55

People often wonder if computers make children smarter. Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, are asking the reverse question: Can children make computers smarter? And the answer appears to be ℠yes.´ UC Berkeley researchers are tapping the cognitive smarts of babies, toddlers and preschoolers to program computers to think more like humans. If replicated in machines, the computational models based on baby brainpower could give a major boost to artificial...

Word of the Day
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'