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It's Innate! is a podcast created by, and intended for, developmental psychologists and everyday people with interests in understanding how infants and children acquire knowledge. Dr. Candace Lapan and Dr. Deon Benton host this podcast. Some of the issues and topics that are discussed on this podcast include: Can infants really add and subtract from birth or shortly thereafter? Do infants and children really understand that unsupported objects fall or that objects that are hidden continue to exist? Is the understanding that two people can have different beliefs really present from early in development? And what's all this talk about Baby Genius? Does it actually work? We tackle these issues (and more) on this podcast.

It's Innate! is a podcast created by, and intended for, developmental psychologists and everyday people with interests in understanding how infants and children acquire knowledge. Dr. Candace Lapan and Dr. Deon Benton host this podcast. Some of the issues and topics that are discussed on this podcast include: Can infants really add and subtract from birth or shortly thereafter? Do infants and children really understand that unsupported objects fall or that objects that are hidden continue to exist? Is the understanding that two people can have different beliefs really present from early in development? And what's all this talk about Baby Genius? Does it actually work? We tackle these issues (and more) on this podcast.

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United States

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It's Innate! is a podcast created by, and intended for, developmental psychologists and everyday people with interests in understanding how infants and children acquire knowledge. Dr. Candace Lapan and Dr. Deon Benton host this podcast. Some of the issues and topics that are discussed on this podcast include: Can infants really add and subtract from birth or shortly thereafter? Do infants and children really understand that unsupported objects fall or that objects that are hidden continue to exist? Is the understanding that two people can have different beliefs really present from early in development? And what's all this talk about Baby Genius? Does it actually work? We tackle these issues (and more) on this podcast.

Language:

English


Episodes

It's Innate Ep. 9: Nothin' but some long-hair, baldheaded faces (with Charisse Pickron)

12/11/2020
This was a fun episode to record with our latest guest, Dr. Charisse Pickron. In the first segment, we talk about politics and, specically, about what a Joe Biden presidency means and what another Donald Trump presidency would mean. Spoiler:We all agree that a second Trump term would be absolutely catastrophic. In the second segment, we talk with Charisse about her work on infant individuation of male and female faces as well as speculate on the processes and mechanisms that support such...

Duration:01:51:36

It's Innate Ep. 8: Don't judge a wagden by its category label (with Lisa Scott)

10/22/2020
In this episode, Candy and Deon talk with Lisa Scott about her work on the role of labels on category learning in young infants, in addition to what the mechanism is that enables labels to exert their influence on category acquisition. Plus, we open the episode by discussing student feedback. Do we disregard all feedback? Do we consider some and ignore others? Do we use feedback to improve future courses? We conclude by asking Lisa about her views on innateness as well as whether her...

Duration:01:45:19

It's Innate Ep. 7: Is poking the cat causal? (with Jonathan Kominsky)

10/10/2020
Candy, Deon, and Jonathan open this episode by talking about #kindscience. For example, should scientist even worry about being kind? What does #kindscience even look like? And is it even possible to be kind to other scientists if your theoretical perspective is at odds with their own? In the second half of the episode, Jonathan talks about his work in Psychological Science on an understudied, but important, aspect of infant causal perception—namely, their sensitivity to certain physical...

Duration:01:55:43

It's Innate Ep. 6: Do children theorize about academic performance? (with Melis Muradoğlu)

9/19/2020
Candy, Deon, and Melis begin this episode by discussing how they've gone about conducting research with children during the pandemic. Then, in the second half of the episode, Melis talks about her work in Child Development that examined children's developing understanding of academic performance. Specifically, she argues that children consider a person's effort and intrinsic skill when evaluating and interpreting their performance, which is at odds with a classic view that maintained that...

Duration:01:27:49

It's Innate Ep. 5: A positive take on the "positivity bias" (with Janet Boseovski)

9/2/2020
Candy and Deon open the episode by introducing the guest for this episode, Dr. Janet Boseovski, and then discuss life as first-generation academics. Spoiler. It's difficult, but there may be advantages! In the second half of the episode, Candy and Deon discuss Janet's work on the "positivty bias" in children, including the mechanism (or mechanisms) that may yield such a bias. In particular, Candy, Janet, and Deon discuss what is meant by "positivity bias" as well as why and how it emerges....

Duration:01:29:39

It's Innate Ep. 4: What's morals got to do with it?

8/19/2020
Candy and Deon begin the episode by discussing their respective plans for teaching this fall. Specifically, they discuss whether they'll be teaching fully in person, fully remotely, or some combination of both. Note that since recording this episode, Deon has decided that he'll teach fully remotely—in the episode he was leaning toward a hyflex approach. In second segment, Candy and Deon discuss Kiley Hamlin's classic study on infants' developing sociomoral evaluations as well as a recent...

Duration:01:42:27

It's Innate Ep. 3: An Innate Fear of the Term Innate? (with David Rakison)

8/5/2020
In this episode, we talk with the esteemed Dr. David Rakison about his research on categorization in older infants and young children. We then ask David to give us his hot take on the term innate and what evidence he'd need to convince him that something is, in fact, innate. We also discuss what the term mechanism really means as well as how to identify one when you see it. We also spend some time talking about how David teaches students to think about mechanism as well as the larger debate...

Duration:01:32:09

It's Innate Ep. 2: When 1+1 equals more, not 2

7/17/2020
Candy and Deon begin this episode by discussing a recent email exchange between Jonathan Kominsky and Martin Packer about whether studies that use puppets are really testing young children's theory of mind rather than, for example, their "theory of puppets." Spoiler: Candy is less optimistic that they are; Deon is much more optimistic that, at the very least, they are approaching the question in the right way . Candy and Deon then discuss a seminal paper by Wynn (1992) that examined...

Duration:01:27:49

It's Innate Ep. 1: Mechanisms all the way down

7/4/2020
During the first half of their very first episode, Candy and Deon introduce themselves, discuss why they chose to start this podcast, and share why they'd even dare to name their show the It's Innate! podcast given the longstanding and often contentious debate in the developmental literature surrounding this term. During the second half of the episode, Candy and Deon discuss Candy's research with young children. This research examined the role of social comparison on children's...

Duration:03:01:38

Episode 1: Test

6/29/2020
This is a test.

Duration:00:00:03