What Babies Know: Core Knowledge and Composition Volume 1
 
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ISBN13:9780190618247
ISBN10:0190618248
Binding:Hardback
No. of pages:560 pages
Size:163x237x30 mm
Weight:1098 g
Language:English
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What Babies Know

Core Knowledge and Composition Volume 1
 
Publisher: OUP USA
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In this major new work, Elizabeth Spelke distils findings from developmental, comparative, and cognitive psychology to explore what young infants know, and what they quickly come to learn, about objects, places, numbers, geometry, and people's actions, social engagements, and mental states.

Long description:
What do infants know? How does the knowledge that they begin with prepare them for learning about the particular physical, cultural, and social world in which they live? Answers to this question shed light not only on infants but on children and adults in all cultures, because the core knowledge possessed by infants never goes away. Instead, it underlies the unspoken, common sense knowledge of people of all ages, in all societies. By studying babies, researchers gain insights into infants themselves, into older children's prodigious capacities for learning, and into some of the unconscious assumptions that guide our thoughts and actions as adults.

In this major new work, Elizabeth Spelke shares these insights by distilling the findings from research in developmental, comparative, and cognitive psychology, with excursions into studies of animal cognition in psychology and in systems and cognitive neuroscience, and studies in the computational cognitive sciences. Weaving across these disciplines, she paints a picture of what young infants know, and what they quickly come to learn, about objects, places, numbers, geometry, and people's actions, social engagements, and mental states.

A landmark publication in the developmental literature, the book will be essential for students and researchers across the behavioral, brain, and cognitive sciences.
Table of Contents:
Prologue
1. Vision
2. Objects
3. Places
4. Number
5. Core knowledge
6. Forms
7. Agents
8. Core social cognition
9. Language
10. Beyond Core Knowledge