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Untitled 14 - ConceptualRepresentations

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Conceptual Representations   Defining features representations – contains only necessary and  sufficient features ex. . definition like from dictionary   Probabilistic representations    Theory based representations Knowledge of Living Things   Children are interested in living things and have a great deal of  knowledge about them by age 4 or 5 k  Even elementary school children make errors when asked what things  are alive (Hatano et al., 1993) a Inheritance   Preschoolers do not understand DNA, but they do understand  elementary aspects of heredity and environment. •  One description: children believe in “essentialism,” the view that living  things have an “essence” that makes them what they are. A kindergartner on the skunk/raccoon story. Child: It's a skunk!  Experimenter: Why do you think it's a skunk?  C: It looks and stinks like a skunk. 
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This note was uploaded on 08/06/2011 for the course PSYCH 133B taught by Professor Gross during the Fall '10 term at UCLA.

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