psychology http://www.kplu.org en 'Sort of' alive: Researchers probe how kids think about robots http://www.kplu.org/post/sort-alive-researchers-probe-how-kids-think-about-robots <p>One way young kids learn to organize the world is by dividing it into living and non-living things. But now that robots vacuum our floors and smart phones talk back to us, do children think of technology as alive? A team of Washington researchers is exploring how kids interact with robots, and what that might reveal about both their brains and ours.</p><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9073 at http://www.kplu.org 'Sort of' alive: Researchers probe how kids think about robots No Mercy For Robots: Experiment Tests How Humans Relate To Machines http://www.kplu.org/post/no-mercy-robots-experiment-tests-how-humans-relate-machines <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Kf9coMuVuI</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:07:41 +0000 Alix Spiegel 7659 at http://www.kplu.org No Mercy For Robots: Experiment Tests How Humans Relate To Machines Babies learn language before birth, say Tacoma and Seattle researchers http://www.kplu.org/post/babies-learn-language-birth-say-tacoma-and-seattle-researchers <p></p><p>A team led by Professor Christine Moon of Pacific Lutheran University, tested newborn babies in Tacoma and Stockholm, Sweden. Moon said they played recordings of a distinctly American English vowel sound and a Swedish one, and tested the babies responses by measuring the one thing a day-old baby is really good at: sucking on a pacifier. Their sucking patterns reveal that babies show a familiarity with the vowel sounds of their mother tongue even at birth, suggesting they’ve been listening carefully in utero.</p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 23:52:30 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7479 at http://www.kplu.org Babies learn language before birth, say Tacoma and Seattle researchers