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Author Gelman, Susan A.

Title The essential child : origins of essentialism in everyday thought / Susan A. Gelman
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003
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Description 1 online resource (x, 382 pages) : illustrations
Series Oxford series in cognitive development
Oxford series in cognitive development.
Contents Introduction to Part I: Notes on research methods -- The inductive potential of categories -- Hidden, nonobvious properties -- Children's conceptions of nature and nurture -- Causal explanations, causal determinism -- Conclusions to Part I -- What parents say--and do not say--about essences -- Essentialism in language -- Theory theories and DAM theories -- Unfinished business -- Why do we essentialize?
Summary This text synthesizes 15 years of empirical research on essentialism into a coherent framework, examining children's thinking and ways in which language influences thought. It shows that children do not come into the world as passive recipients of data
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-367) and indexes
Subject Categorization (Psychology) in children.
Cognition in children.
Children -- Language.
Thought and thinking.
Child psychology.
Psychology, Child
children (people by age group)
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS -- Life Stages -- General.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Developmental -- General.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Developmental -- Lifespan Development.
PSYCHOLOGY -- General.
Categorization (Psychology) in children.
Children -- Language.
Cognition in children.
Cognitieve ontwikkeling.
Développement mental.
Développement de l'enfant.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780198035053