UT’s Weekly Science Forum will Feature Daniela Corbetta and Infant Behavior

Daniela Corbetta will present “How Do Infants Learn to Reach for Objects?” at the Science Forum on Friday, November 18.

Her talk will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Café, Rooms C-D. The 40-minute presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer discussion.

The Science Forum is free and open to the public. Attendees may bring their own lunch or purchase it at the café.

The emergence of reaching in early infancy is a key developmental milestone. As infants begin to attain target objects, they begin to discover many features of their environment. However, the processes leading to the emergence of this fundamental behavior in infancy have received different interpretations over the past decades. Corbetta’s talk will highlight how research has contributed to this area of study from past to present.

Corbetta is a professor in the Department of Psychology and the director of the Infant Perception-Action Laboratory at UT. She received her doctorate in developmental psychology at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, her native country. In 1995 she took a faculty position in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Purdue University, and in 2005 she moved to her current position at UT. Corbetta’s research focuses on the development of goal-directed movements in young infants.

The Science Forum began in 1933 and is one of UT’s oldest organizations. It was designed to provide the general public, students, and other researchers a chance to learn about the latest scientific research.

CONTACT:

Mark Littmann: (865-974-8756; littmann@utk.edu)

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, ablakely@utk.edu)