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Marvelous Minds: The discovery of what children know

Michael Siegal


Children have a spontaneous interest in the world around them, whether the workings of the earth, sun, and stars; the nature of number, time, and space; or the functioning of the body. Yet what is there in their minds that is the key to their knowledge? This book examines what children can and do know, based on extensive studies from a range of different cultures. Topics include ‘theory of mind’ – the knowledge that others may have beliefs which differ from one's own and from reality – astronomy and geography, food, health and hygiene, processes of life and death, number and arithmetic, as wel ... More

Keywords: children, spontaneous interest, children's minds, knowledge, theory of mind, autism, brain research, test, capacity for understanding

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199582884
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582884.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Siegal, author
Professor and Marie Curie Chair in Psychology, University of Trieste, Italy, and Professor of Psychology, University of Sheffield, UK