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ERIC Number: EJ828640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0885-2014
The Role of Feature Type and Causal Status in 4-5-Year-Old Children's Biological Categorizations
Meunier, Benjamin; Cordier, Francoise
Cognitive Development, v24 n1 p34-48 Jan-Mar 2009
The present study investigated the role of the causal status of features and feature type in biological categorizations by young children. Study 1 showed that 5-year-olds are more strongly influenced by causal features than effect features; 4-year-olds exhibit no such tendency. There therefore appears to be a conceptual change between the ages of 4 and 5 in the evaluation of the causal relations between features that characterize biological categories. The aim of Study 2 was to identify the nature of the abstract beliefs that underlie children's categorial choices. Results show that 5-year-olds base category choices on causal features only when the status of the cause is associated with an internal feature and not if the feature is merely a surface feature. Children thus use biological knowledge to perform the task. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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