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On Intention
 
A Presentation by David Premack
Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania
Monday, February 8, 1999 at 4:00 - 5:30pm
Psycholgy 387, Room 101
(this is a new modular building between the Psychology
building and the UCEN, next to Parking Lot 3)
 
 
Background
 
Over a period spanning nearly 50 years, David Premack has studied topics in the psychology of motivation, learning, cognition and language.  His initial studies on the nature of reinforcement in animal learning led him to explore the varieties and extend of higher-level cognition in animals, especially primates.  Together with Ann Premack, his work with the chimpanzee Sarah propelled him to the forefront of research on animal intelligence and "animal language."  This work was described in the book The Mind of an Ape, which won the American Psychological Association Award for Excellence.  More recently, they have studied the workings of the cognitive machinery responsible for inferring intentionality and causality, and for constructing "theories of other minds."  They discuss the pedagogical implications of their research in their forthcoming volume, How to Educate a Human.

 

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