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Breaking News - We went virtual!

We're doing our part in flattening the curve, so we started working from home. This doesn't mean we can't play with kids anymore - Check out our online games!

Media Coverage

  • Azzurra Ruggeri was able to answer some questions for the alverde magazine about how and why kids ask questions to learn more about the world.

  • The MDR approached Azzurra Ruggeri as an expert for active learning for the MDR Wissen episode "Ist die Schule noch zu retten? Wie wir künftig lernen müssen" (Can you save the school? The new way to learn). You can find the documentary here.

New Games Available at Museum for Natural History

We started playing some new games at the Museum for Natural History - one of them is a sandbox in which kids can search for a hidden dinosaur egg! These games aren't only fun for the kids, but help us learn more about how they approach the world to learn more about it.

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developmental

Fantasia, V., Markant, D., Perri, N. & Ruggeri, A. (2020). Memory enhancements from active control of learning in children mit autism spectrum disorder. Autism. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361320931244

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exploration

De Simone, C., & Ruggeri, A. (2020, April 8). What is a good question asker better at? From unsystematic generalization to overgeneralization to adult-like selectivity across childhood. https://doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/6jupw

Jones, A., Swaboda, N., & Ruggeri, A. (2020). Developmental changes in question-asking. In L. P. Butler, S. Ronfard, & K. H. Corriveau (Eds.), The questioning child: Insights from psychology and education (pp. 118–143). Cambridge University Press.

Meder, B., Wu, C. M., Schulz, E., & Ruggeri, A. (2020, April 28). Development of directed and random exploration in children. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/7zhxv

decision making

Coenen, A., Ruggeri, A., Bramley, N. R., & Gureckis, T. M. (2019). Testing one or multiple: How beliefs about sparsity affect causal experimentation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 45(11), 1923–1941. https://doi.org/10.1037/xlm0000680

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De Simone, C., & Ruggeri, A. (2019). What is a good question asker better at? From no generalization, to overgeneralization, to adults-like selectivity across childhood. In A. K. Goel, C. M. Seifert, & C. Freksa (Eds.), Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1613–1619). Cognitive Science Society.

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decision making

Musculus, L., Ruggeri, A., Raab, M., & Lobinger, B. (2019). A developmental perspective on option generation and selection. Developmental Psychology, 55(4), 745–753. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000665

active learning

Perri, N., Fantasia, V., Markant, D., De Simone, C., Valeri, G., & Ruggeri, A. (2019). Benefits of active control of study in autistic children. In A. K. Goel, C. M. Seifert, & C. Freksa (Eds.), Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 924–930). Cognitive Science Society.

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exploration

Ruggeri, A., Markant, D., Gureckis, T. M., Bretzke, M., & Xu, F. (2019). Memory enhancements from active control of learning emerge across development. Cognition, 186, 82–94. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2019.01.010

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exploration

Ruggeri, A.Swaboda, N., Sim, Z. L., & Gopnik, A. (2019). Shake it baby, but only when needed: Preschoolers adapt their exploratory strategies to the information structure of the task. Cognition, 193, Article 104013. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2019.104013

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Ruggeri, A., Xu, F., & Lombrozo, T. (2019). Effects of explanation on children's question asking. Cognition, 191, Article 103966. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2019.05.003

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exploration

Schulz, E.Wu, C. M.Ruggeri, A., & Meder, B. (2019). Searching for rewards like a child means less generalization and more directed exploration. Psychological Science, 30(11), 1561–1572. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797619863663

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Bridgers, S., Gweon, H., Bretzke, M., & Ruggeri, A. (2018). How you learned matters: The process by which others learn informs young children's decisions about whom to ask for help. In C. Kalish, M. Rau, J. Zhu, & T. T. Rogers (Eds.), COGSCI 2018: Changing / minds. 40th Annual Cognitive Science Society Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, July 25-28 (pp. 1402–1407). Cognitive Science Society.

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computational

Jones, A., Schulz, E., Meder, B., & Ruggeri, A. (2018). Active function learning. In C. Kalish, M. Rau, J. Zhu, & T. T. Rogers (Eds.), COGSCI 2018: Changing / minds. 40th Annual Cognitive Science Society Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, July 25-28 (pp. 580–585). Cognitive Science Society.

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Ruggeri, A.Luan, S.Keller, M., & Gummerum, M. (2018). The influence of adult and peer role models on children' and adolescents' sharing decisions. Child Development, 89(5), 1589–1598. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12916

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Ruggeri, A.Vagharchakian, L., & Xu, F. (2018). Icon arrays help younger children's proportional reasoning. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 36(2), 313–333. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjdp.12233

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exploration

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Swaboda, N., Ruggeri, A., & Gopnik, A. (2018). Preschoolers adapt their exploratory strategies to the information structure of the task. In C. Kalish, M. Rau, J. Zhu, & T. T. Rogers (Eds.), COGSCI 2018: Changing / minds. 40th Annual Cognitive Science Society Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, July 25-28 (pp. 1102–1107). Cognitive Science Society.

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Vasilyeva, N., Ruggeri, A., & Lombrozo, T. (2018). When and how children use explanations to guide generalizations. In C. Kalish, M. Rau, J. Zhu, & T. T. Rogers (Eds.), COGSCI 2018: Changing / minds. 40th Annual Cognitive Science Society Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, July 25-28 (pp. 2609–2614). Cognitive Science Society.

information search

Coenen, A., Bramley, N., Ruggeri, A., & Gureckis, T. M. (2017). Beliefs about sparsity affect causal experimentation. In G. Gunzelmann, A. Howes, T. Tenbrink, & E. Davelaar (Eds.), CogSci 2017: Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1788–1793). Cognitive Science Society.

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Musculus, L., Ruggeri, A., Raab, M., & Lobinger, B. (2017). The ecological rationality of children's option generation and decision making. In G. Gunzelmann, A. Howes, T. Tenbrink, & E. Davelaar (Eds.), Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 823–828). Cognitive Science Society.

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question asking

Ruggeri, A., Sim, Z. L., & Xu, F. (2017). "Why is Toma late to school again?" Preschoolers identify the most informative questions. Developmental Psychology, 53(9), 1620–1632. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000340

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computational

Horn, S. S., Ruggeri, A., & Pachur, T. (2016). The development of adaptive decision making: Recognition-based inference in children and adolescents. Developmental Psychology, 52(9), 1470–1485. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000181

active learning

Markant, D. B., Ruggeri, A., Gureckis, T. M., & Xu, F. (2016). Enhanced memory as a common effect of active learning. Mind, Brain, and Education, 10(3), 142–152. https://doi.org/10.1111/mbe.12117

McMahon, K., Ruggeri, A.Kämmer, J. E., & Katsikopoulos, K. V. (2016). Beyond idea generation: The power of groups in developing ideas. Creativity Research Journal, 28(3), 247–257. https://doi.org/10.1080/10400419.2016.1195637​

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Ruggeri, A., Lombrozo, T., Griffiths, T. L., & Xu, F. (2016). Sources of developmental change in the efficiency of information search. Developmental Psychology, 52(12), 2159–2173. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000240​

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active learning

Ruggeri, A.Markant, D. B., Gureckis, T. M., & Xu, F. (2016). Active control of study leads to improved recognition memory in children. In A. Papafragou, D. Grodner, D. Mirman, & J. C. Trueswell (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Cognitive Science Society.

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Ruggeri, A., & Feufel, M. A. (2015). How basic-level objects facilitate question-asking in a categorization task. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, Article 918. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00918​

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Ruggeri, A., & Lombrozo, T. (2015). Children adapt their questions to achieve efficient search. Cognition, 143, 203–216. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2015.07.004

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question asking

Ruggeri, A., Olsson, H., & Katsikopoulos, K. V. (2015). Opening the cuebox: The information children and young adults generate and rely on when making inferences from memory. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 33(3), 355–374. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjdp.12100

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decision making

Ruggeri, A., Gummerum, M., & Hanoch, Y. (2014). Braving difficult choices alone: Children's and adolescents' medical decision making. PLoS ONE, 9(8), Article e103287. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0103287​

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question asking

Ruggeri, A., & Lombrozo, T. (2014). Learning by asking: How children ask questions to achieve efficient search. In P. Bello, M. Guarini, M. McShane, & B. Scassellati (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1335–1340). Cognitive Science Society.

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computational

Bodemer, N., Ruggeri, A., & Galesic, M. (2013). When dread risks are more dreadful than continuous risks: Comparing cumulative population losses over time. PLoS ONE, 8(6), Article e66544. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0066544​

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Bodemer, N., Ruggeri, A., & Galesic, M. (2013). Why 100 once is worse than 10 times 10: Dread risks versus “continuous” risks. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Cooperative minds: Social interaction and group dynamics. Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1923–1927). Cognitive Science Society.

Ruggeri, A., & Katsikopoulos, K. V. (2013). Make your own kinds of cues: When children make more accurate inferences than adults. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 115(3), 517–535. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2012.11.007​

Bodemer, N., & Ruggeri, A. (2012). Finding a good research question, in theory. Science, 335(6075), 1439–1439. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.335.6075.1439-a

FUNDING FOR OUR RESEARCH

CALM @ Museum for Natural History

This project was awarded to Azzurra Ruggeri and our partners at the Museum of Natural History in Berlin by the museum itself as a start up fund. The goal is to apply for substantial funding from third parties to support a small research team at the museum under the academic guidance of Azzurra Ruggeri - the Center for Active Learning in Museums.

Climbing to Yourself: A developmental embodied cognition perspective on the relation between the minimal self and sensorimotor and cognitive skills

This project is funded by the DFG and awarded to our colleague Prof. Dr. Markus Raab and Lisa Musculus at the German Sport University Göttingen and Azzurra Ruggeri. It tries to understand the bidirectional link between the minimal self and sensorimotor as well as cognitive skills from the developmental embodied cognition perspective.