College of Education and Human Development

Institute of Child Development

2024 Minnesota Symposium on Child Development

The Infant as Integrated System: From Perception and Sensation to Learning and Memory

43rd Minnesota Symposium on Child Development

The Infant as Integrated System: From Perception and Sensation to Learning and Memory

Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18, 2024
Humphrey School of Public Affairs Cowles Auditorium

Organizers: Seth Pollak, Jenny Saffran, Robin Panneton, and Glenn Roisman

The Minnesota Symposium is a biennial meeting on a selected topic in developmental science. This year's theme was selected to honor and recognize the outstanding career of the Institute of Child Development's distinguished alumnus, Professor Richard "Dick" Aslin. 
All lectures are free and open to the public. Please note that continuing education credits are not available for this event. 

Honoring the career of Professor Richard Aslin

Richard Aslin is a Senior Research Scientist at the Child Study Center in the Yale School of Medicine and the Department of Psychology at Yale University. Dr. Aslin has published widely in numerous sub-areas of infant development, including perceptual and motor systems, speech and language acquisition, and statistical learning. In the past decade, Dr. Aslin has focused on extending his research from behavioral methods to neuroimaging measures using fMRI, EEG, and fNIRS. Dr. Aslin is the recipient of several major awards and honors, including the APA Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award (2014), the Atkinson Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences from the National Academy of Sciences (2020), member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006), and member of the National Academy of Sciences (2013). In 2014, he received the Outstanding Achievement Award from his Ph.D. alma mater, the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Aslin is retiring in August 2024, after a distinguished career that spanned 4 years as a Ph.D. student at the Institute for Child Development at Minnesota, 9 years on the faculty at Indiana University, 33 years on the faculty at the University of Rochester, and 7 years on the faculty at Yale and Haskins Labs. During those 53 years, Dr. Aslin mentored 32 PhD students and 28 postdocs, employed 16 lab managers, published with over 50 non-student colleagues, and held major administrative positions. His excellence in mentoring and leadership have been recognized by numerous awards from organizations including APA, APS, and the Cognitive Science Society.

Professor Richard Aslin

Photo: University of Rochester


The program will feature presentations around four themes reflecting Professor Aslin's primary research contributions:

  • Visual development
  • Speech and spoken language
  • Statistical learning
  • Developmental plasticity and constraints on learning



    8:00-8:45 am Registration, light breakfast (courtesy of ICD)
    8:45-9:15 am Welcome
      Session 1: Visual Development
    9:15-9:55 am Tony Movshon (NYU)
    9:55-10:20 am Break
    10:20-11:00 am Rowan Candy (Indiana University)
    11:00-11:40 am Chen Yu (University of Texas-Austin)
    11:40 am - 1:40 pm Lunch (on your own)
      Session 2: Speech and Spoken Language
    1:40-2:20 pm Janet Werker (University of British Columbia)
    2:20-3:00 pm Bob McMurray (University of Iowa)
    3:00-3:20 pm Break
    3:20-4:00 pm Dan Swingley (University of Pennsylvania)



    8:30-9:00 am Light breakfast (courtesy of ICD)
      Session 3: Statistical Learning
    9:00-9:40 am Jenny Saffran (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    9:40-10:20 am Lauren Emberson (University of British Columbia)
    10:20-10:40 am Break
    10:40-11:20 am Nick Turk-Browne (Yale)
    11:20 am-1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
      Session 4: Developmental Plasticity and Constraints on Learning
    1:00-1:40 pm Elissa Newport (Georgetown)
    1:40-2:20 pm Celeste Kidd (UC-Berkeley)
    2:20-2:40 pm Break
    2:40-3:20 pm Jessica Cantlon (Carnegie Mellon University)
      Concluding Session
    3:20-4:00 pm Richard Aslin (Yale), introduced by Robin Panneton (Virginia Tech)