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Infants' representations of material entities

Rebecca D. Rosenberg and Susan Carey

in The Origins of Object Knowledge

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199216895
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696039 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216895.003.0007
Infants' representations of material entities

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Infants in their first years of life have great difficulty creating representations of particular portions of nonsolid substances and tracking these through time fail to recognize noncohesion as a stable property of entities until they turn two years of age. One of the goals of the authors in this chapter is to provide support for the core cognition hypothesis by demonstrating that the representations within core cognition have very different properties from representations not part of any core cognition system. Human beings, similar to all animals, are equipped with powerful, domain general learning mechanisms such as associative learning mechanisms and the Bayesian learning mechanisms. To learn about the relevant properties of noncohesive entities, infants may draw on generalizations about objects by analogy.

Keywords: representation; noncohesive entities; core cognition hypothesis; associative learning mechanisms; Bayesian learning mechanisms; objects; infants

Chapter.  10364 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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