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Category structure affects the developmental trajectory of children’s inductive inferences for both natural kinds and artifacts

Abstract:

Inductive reasoning is fundamental to human cognition, yet it remains unclear how we develop this ability and what might influence our inductive choices. We created novel categories in which crucial factors such as domain and category structure were manipulated orthogonally. We trained 403 4- to 9-year-old children to categorize well matched natural kind and artifact stimuli with either featural or relational category structure, followed by induction tasks. This wide age range allowed for the...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Experimental Psychology
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Publisher:
Routledge Publisher's website
Journal:
Thinking and Reasoning Journal website
Volume:
21
Issue:
2
Pages:
206-229
Publication date:
2014
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EISSN:
1464-0708
ISSN:
1464-0708
URN:
uuid:5b02f372-a43e-4aca-af26-6b9fa64836ae
Source identifiers:
477918
Local pid:
pubs:477918

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