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ESP Biography



SOPHIE BRIDGERS, ESP Teacher




Major: Psychology

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2019

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Past Classes

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S5615: Learning to Mindread in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
As humans, we are deeply curious about what is going on inside the minds of others. We constantly think about what other people want, what they believe, what they know, what they feel, and more. Even when people don't tell us what they are thinking, we seem to effortlessly fill in the gaps; sometimes we get it wrong, but remarkably we also get it right. How do we do this, and when does it start? This fascinating ability to effectively reason about others’ minds and behaviors is called “Theory of Mind”. In this course, we’ll talk about how kids think about the minds of others and what other abilities our “Theory of Mind” may be useful for such as what it means to be moral and how we cooperate. We’ll survey an exciting landscape of studies both with humans and animals, discuss the methods psychologists use to probe children's theories of mind, and watch some cute videos together! We hope you'll join us on this fun journey exploring the human ability to read minds!


S5313: Learning to mindread: The development of our ability to understand the minds of others in Splash Fall 2016 (Dec. 03 - 04, 2016)
As humans, we are deeply curious about what is going on inside the minds of others. We constantly think about what other people want, what they believe, what they know, what they feel, and more. Even when people don't tell us what they are thinking, we seem to effortlessly fill in the gaps; sometimes we get it wrong, but remarkably we also get it right. How do we do this, and when does it start? This fascinating ability to effectively reason about others’ minds and behaviors is called “Theory of Mind”. In this course, we’ll talk about how kids think about the minds of others and what other abilities our “Theory of Mind” may be useful for such as what it means to be moral and how we cooperate. We’ll survey an exciting landscape of studies both with humans and animals, discuss the methods psychologists use to probe children's theories of mind, and watch some cute videos together! We hope you'll join us on this fun journey exploring the human ability to read minds!


B3904: Unfolding the Brain in Splash Fall 2014 (Nov. 08 - 09, 2014)
Have you ever dreamed of being in Ms. Frizzle's class and taking a ride on the magic schoolbus through the convoluted gyri and sulci of the human brain? Why does your brain look the way it looks? How does it differ from your dog's brain? Is your brain more powerful than your macbook pro (with retina display)? Are you smarter than a pre-operational stage 2-7 year old? How is your brain committing this course description to memory so you can successfully retrieve it when deciding what course to sign up for later? Do these questions pique your interest? Take our class! Don't understand anything we're talking about? Take our class! Get up, close, and personal with real brains. Not only will we answer the questions above, but we will have real brains for hands-on exploration. We hope to see you in class!