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The Origins of Object Knowledge

Bruce M. Hood and Laurie R. Santos


Do humans start life with the capacity to detect and mentally represent the objects around them? Or is our object knowledge instead derived only as the result of prolonged experience with the external world? Are we simply able to perceive objects by watching their actions in the world, or do we have to act on objects ourselves in order to learn about their behavior? Finally, do we come to know all aspects of objects in the same way, or are some aspects of our object understanding more epistemologically privileged than others? This book presents an up-to-date survey of the research into how the ... More

Keywords: object knowledge, human mind, objects, object understanding, object representation, developmental psychology, comparative psychology, properties, inanimate objects, non-human primates

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199216895
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216895.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce M. Hood, editor
Chair of Developmental Psychology, University of Bristol, UK

Laurie R. Santos, editor
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Yale University, New Haven, USA

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Chapter 2 Beyond ‘what’ and ‘how many’:

Jennifer M. Zosh, and Lisa Feigenson

Chapter 6 Spatiotemporal priority as a fundamental principle of object persistence

Jonathan I. Flombaum, Brian J. Scholl, and Laurie R. Santos

Chapter 7 Infants' representations of material entities

Rebecca D. Rosenberg, and Susan Carey

Chapter 8 The developmental origins of animal and artifact concepts

Kristin Shutts, Lori Markson, and Elizabeth S. Spelke

Chapter 10 Modeling the origins of object knowledge

Denis Mareschal, and Andrew J. Bremner

Chapter 11 Induction, overhypotheses, and the shape bias:

Fei Xu, Kathryn Dewar, and Amy Perfors

Chapter 12 Young infants' expectations about self-propelled objects

Renée Baillargeon, Di Wu, Sylvia Yuan, Jie Li, and Yuyan Luo

Chapter 13 Clever eyes and stupid hands:

Nathalia L. Gjersoe, and Bruce M. Hood

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