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Genes for language? The role of nature and nurture in children's language development


Monday 14 May 2012, 6.30PM

Speaker: Dr Emma Hayiou-Thomas, Holder of the Goodricke Anniversary Lecture, Department of Psychology

Goodricke College Anniversary Lecture

How is young children's language shaped by their genetic inheritence, as compared to their experiences as they grow up? Twin studies provide one method that can be used to try to disentangle the effects of genetic and environmental factors on child development. In this lecture, Dr Emma Hayiou-Thomas will draw on recent work that has attempted to go beyond a simple dichotomy of Nature vs Nurture, to look at the following issues: Do different components of the young child's language system differ in terms of their genetic and environmental etiology? Do the same factors underlie typical and atypical language development? Do the same genetic and environmental factors underlie language skills throughout development, or do they change over time?

There will be a drinks reception before the lecture, at 6pm.  All attendees of the lecture are welcome.

Location: Ron Cooke Hub auditorium

Admission: Admission is free and open to all