Psych 105-ucsb-fall-2011-lecture 7-ch 08_The_Natural_World

Psych 105-ucsb-fall-2011-lecture 7-ch 08_The_Natural_World...

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1 Conceptual Development III Children‟s understanding of the natural world Overview Some early biological knowledge appears to be grounded in children‟s understanding of the social world. Animism, extended reasoning about „purpose‟ Concepts of life/death, discriminating sleep from death Early expectations about animate versus inanimate things… and how it affects preschool and adult attention Also some evidence for developing biological concepts over preschool years … concepts that are not based on knowledge in other domains: Growth Inheritance Essences Over extension of children‟s understanding of social world to the natural world… Piaget‟s phenomenon of “childhood animism” revealed in clinical interviews about living and non-living things. For example, the Sun is treated as an animate agent: it moves around and „follows us‟ because it wants to keep us warm etc. More recent demonstrations that children extend psychological explanations to some aspects of the natural world (e.g. functions and purposes). For example “mountains are pointy so that animals can scratch
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This note was uploaded on 01/13/2012 for the course PSYCH 105 taught by Professor Schwartz during the Fall '08 term at UCSB.

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