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Causal CognitionA Multidisciplinary Debate$
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Dan Sperber, David Premack, and Ann James Premack

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198524021

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524021.001.0001

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On the origin of causal understanding

On the origin of causal understanding

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(p.268) 10 On the origin of causal understanding
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Causal Cognition
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Susan Carey

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524021.003.0010

This chapter examines the origins of causal understanding. It analyses studies where causal reasoning characterizes the basic causal mechanisms in terms of which people explain the world around them. It considers two distinct views of cognitive modules in the analysis of causal understanding: first, they are seen as analogous to input modules, and second, they are seen as intuitive theories. On both views, cognitive modules pick out a set of entities in the world and are responsible for processing privileged sorts of information about those entities.

Keywords:   causal understanding, causal reasoning, cognitive modules, causal mechanisms, intuitive theories

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