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Cognitive developmental foundations of cultural acquisition: children's understanding of other minds

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Psychological research suggests that children acquire cultural concepts through early developing cognitive mechanisms combined with specific cultural learning. An understudied area of cultural acquisition is children’s understanding of non-human minds, such as God. This thesis gives evidence that young children need not anthropomorphize non-human minds in order to understand them. Instead, children have a general “theory of mind” that is tailored through experience to accommodate the vari...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Research group:
Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology
Oxford college:
Exeter College
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology,Institute of

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Supervisor
Publication date:
2013
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK
URN:
uuid:30370354-6c07-4279-81b6-a5666f909b4d
Local pid:
ora:7334

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