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Learning about learning through the lens of time

If a social robot serving as a teacher returns a child's smile too quickly, the child may treat the robot as a mirror rather than another social being. The role that time plays in social interactions in the classrooms is just one of the many topics that a new science of learning centeróbased at UC San Diego and funded by the National Science Foundationówill consider. The initial $3.5 million grant for the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center may be supplemented with an additional $32 million from the NSF over the next decade. Gary Cottrell, a computer science and engineering professor and center director; Andrea Chiba, a cognitive science professor and a center co-director; along with more than 40 researchers in the U.S., Canada and Australia, will collaborate in four interacting research networks focused on sensory motor learning, interacting memory systems, perceptual expertise, and social interaction.

Pictured: RUBI, a social robot, teaches kids at the UCSD Early Childhood Education Center. Disseminating insights on learning to classrooms, from preschools to colleges, is an integral part of the new science of learning center.
Pictured: RUBI, a social robot, teaches kids at the UCSD Early Childhood Education Center. Disseminating insights on learning to classrooms, from preschools to colleges, is an integral part of the new science of learning center.