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Core Knowledge and Conceptual Change

David Barner and Andrew Scott Baron


Only humans learn concepts like atom, integer, and democracy. But by all appearances, these abstract ideas are not present in the initial human state when babies are born. Other concepts like object, cause, or agent may be present early in infancy, if not innately. This volume explores the controversial science of human conceptual development, a traditional battleground for debates surrounding human nature. Are humans born good and tainted by an imperfect world? Or do we need to teach children to be moral? Could a concept like freedom be woven into the human soul, or is it a historical inventi ... More

Keywords: core knowledge, conceptual change, cognitive development, concepts, knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190467630
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190467630.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Barner, editor
Department of Psychology University of California, San Diego

Andrew Scott Baron, editor
Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

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Part I Introduction

1 An Introduction to Core Knowledge and Conceptual Change

David Barner and Andrew Scott Baron

Part II Processes of Conceptual Change

4 Bundles of Contradiction

Andrew Shtulman and Tania Lombrozo

5 Conceptual Change

Deborah Zaitchik, Gregg E. A. Solomon, Nathan Tardiff, and Igor Bascandziev

Part III Abstract Concepts

8 Different Faces of Language in Numerical Development

Susan C. Levine and Renée Baillargeon

11 A Framework for Work on Frames of Reference

Anna Shusterman and Peggy Li

Part IV Linguistic Structure

14 Conceptualizing the Event

Laura Lakusta and Laura Wagner

Part V Social and Moral Cognition

19 What Develops in Moral Development?

Paul Bloom and Karen Wynn

20 Developmental Origins of Social Group Preferences

Andrew Scott Baron, Anthea Pun, and Yarrow Dunham

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