The Active Child - A workshop on active learning in early development

The Psychology of Language Research Group at the University of Göttingen and the Uppsala Child and Baby Lab are pleased to announce the following hybrid event in Göttingen from the 30th of November to the 3rd of December 2021:


The Active Child: A workshop on active learning in early development


The aim of the workshop is to bring together diverse perspectives on how young children selectively explore particular aspects of their rich environment and steer their own learning progress, with regard to the theories explaining how children contribute to their learning, the mechanisms that support active learning, and the methods that can be used to study this phenomenon. On the 2nd and 3rd of December, a series of talks will cover varied topics such as the development of children’s active learning, the neurophysiological markers of active learning, the philosophy of curiosity-driven learning as well as the motor and socio-cognitive developmental milestones that underlie children’s active exploration. These are hybrid sessions which will be streamed online for those who cannot travel to Göttingen for the workshop.


In addition, we plan two in-person only events with a focus on the methods that can be used to examine how children explore their environments and steer their learning. On the 30th of November, Katarina Begus will provide a hands-on introduction to what theta oscillations can tell us about early active learning. On the 1st of December, we will have an introduction to the use of infant head-mounted eye-trackers to examine infants’ processing of natural scenes. These events have limited attendance and will be in-person. Following the in-person workshop on the head-mounted eye-trackers, we will also have an online demonstration by Jason Babcock from Positive Science on using the eye-tracking software to create graphical representations of the data.

On 2nd of December we also plan to have a poster session in-person, where you have a chance to showcase your work in an informal setting.


Please note: All events have restricted attendance - therefore, priority will be given to those from ENLIGHT universities. All registrants will be informed in due course whether they have been accepted. Please check the Registration page for deadlines.



We look forward to welcoming you in Göttingen from November 30 to December 3 for a four-day workshop on all things active learning!


This workshop is funded by Enlight



For all enquiries about the workshop, please write to