Speaker Workshop and Presentation for EducatorsDr. Gina Mireault

Join us for two special presentations from noted Developmental Psychologist Dr. Gina Mireault. Her current research focuses on the perception and creation of humor in infants from 3 to 12 months old and the implications it holds for understanding critical developmental milestones.

When: Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Where: Champlain College
Admission: $35, afternoon session / $25, evening session / $50, both sessions

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2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Champlain College Morgan Room
Push-Me-Pull-You Psychology: Developmental Change in the Context of Others
Developmental outcomes are often a result of navigating what the child is ready for against what we need them to be ready for. Recognizing these differences in readiness and determining if we can bring them into alignment will be the focus of the workshop.

Participants will be asked to identify situations where they have observed (or been part of) the pushmepullyou, and to collaborate to problem solve situations in which developmental partners are out-sync. We will consider the often neglected reality of development: namely that development is dynamic, and luckily the child who is the primary focus of the great developmental adventure, is not the only one to change.

5:15 p.m. – 5:45 P.M. Location TBD
Master’s in Early Childhood Education Information Session
This short information session will provide an overview of Champlain College’s engaging online degree program.

6 P.M. – 7:30 p.m. Champlain College Alumni Auditorium
What’s So Funny? Infant Humor as a Window into Early Psychological Development
A presentation about Dr. Mireault’s empirical work on humor perception and creation in the first year of life, and what it reveals about the earliest processes of social, emotional and cognitive development. How and when do infants detect absurdity, and why do they interpret it as comical instead of simply interesting? Is infant humor perception an innate part of temperament, or do babies learn to laugh from those who care for them? How is humor development in the first year related to other critical developmental milestones like attachment security?