The Scientist In the Crib - Alison Gopnik

December 13, 2013

Psychologist Alison Gopnik tells us even the experts underestimate children.  At her UC-Berkeley lab, she and her colleagues demonstrate empathy and logical, scientific thinking in children as young as 14 months.  She explains the  implications for early childhood education.



Listening to Alison Gopnik is very frustrating as much of what she believes to be original research was anticipated and theorized about by Melanie Klein in the 1930s and 40s. Theories are not traditionally empirical. To me it seems rather insular and unscientific when modern psychology dismisses psychoanalysis because it is not apart of the reductive physicalist approach.