ERIC Number: EJ613574
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Vitalism in Naive Biological Thinking.
Morris, Suzanne C.; Taplin, John E.; Gelman, Susan A.
Developmental Psychology, v36 n5 p582-95 Sep 2000
Three experiments investigated use of vitalistic explanations for biological phenomena by 5- and 10-year-olds and by adults. Results replicated the original Japanese finding of vitalistic thinking among English-speaking 5-year-olds, identified the more active component of vitalism as a belief in the transfer of energy during biological processes, and suggested a lesser role for organ intentionality. (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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