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ERIC Number: EJ1007324
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
Development of Category-Based Reasoning in 4- to 7-Year-Old Children: The Influence of Label Co-Occurrence and Kinship Knowledge
Godwin, Karrie E.; Matlen, Bryan J.; Fisher, Anna V.
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v115 n1 p74-90 May 2013
Category-based reasoning is central to mature cognition; however, the developmental course of this ability remains contested. One strong indicator of category-based reasoning is the propensity to make inferences based on semantically similar labels. Recent evidence indicates that in preschool-age children the effects of semantically similar labels are limited to a small subset of labels that co-occur in child-directed speech, suggesting that performance with these labels may reflect lexical priming rather than category-based reasoning. However, most co-occurring labels used in prior research refer to offspring-parent relationships (e.g., "puppy"-"dog"). Thus, it is possible that children in previous research performed induction by relying on kinship rather than co-occurrence information. To address this possibility, the current studies examined the role of kinship knowledge and label co-occurrence in induction in 4- to 7-year-old children and adults. The results point to a gradual age-related increase in the ability to spontaneously rely on kinship knowledge when making inferences. (Contains 7 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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