ERIC Number: EJ327136
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 1985
The Acquisition of the Sentient-Nonsentient Distinction and Its Relationship to Causal Reasoning and Social Cognition.
Tunmer, William E.
Child Development, v56 n4 p989-1000 Aug 1985
Acquisition of sentient-nonsentient distinction in 48 children between four- and seven-years-of-age occurred later than animate-inanimate distinction. The children's use of naturalistic or nonnaturalistic explanations depended on the logical nature of events in which objects were involved rather than familiarity with objects themselves. Ability to provide naturalistic explanations of physical phenomena may be related to children's acquisition of sentient-nonsentinent distinction. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia