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The term used by the Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget (1896–1980) to denote the type of thinking characteristic of children during the pre-operational stage of development. It is so called because it focuses on concrete instances and does not follow the principles of either induction (1) or deductive reasoning. Also called transductive logic, but this is avoided in careful usage, because it is clearly not a form of logic.

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