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Tool Use and Causal Cognition$
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Teresa McCormack, Christoph Hoerl, and Stephen Butterfill

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571154

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571154.001.0001

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The Development of Human Tool Use Early in Life

The Development of Human Tool Use Early in Life

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(p.51) 3 The Development of Human Tool Use Early in Life
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Tool Use and Causal Cognition
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Marissa L. Greif

Amy Needham

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571154.003.0003

This chapter examines the emergence of tool use in human children. It describes two different perspectives on tool use — the perception-action view and the conceptual view — and advocates for a view of tool use of development that is a hybrid of these two approaches. It argues that successful tool use is comprised of motor, perceptual, and representational components that emerge at various points in development, become synchronized over time, and culminate in a skill that is readily deployed across many different contexts.

Keywords:   children, tool use, perception-action view, conceptual view

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