Chapter 7: Conceptual Development Concepts Nativists Empiricists Dividing objects into categories Casual understanding and categorization Naïve psychology General ideas that organize objects, events, qualities, or relations of the basis of some similarity Infinite ways in which objects can be similar, ie. Shapes, sizes, material, tastes, colors, function, etc. Concepts help us understand the world and act effectively in it by allowing us to generalize from prior experience Infants are born with some sense of fundamental concepts, such as time, space causality, number, and the human mind or with specialized learning mechanisms that allow them to acquire rudimentary understanding of these concepts unusually and quickly Nurture = take children above initial level, not for forming initial understanding Infants only general learning mechanisms (the ability to perceive, associate, generalize and remember) Mind arises from infants’ massive exposure to experiences that are relavent to these
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