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Concepts, Kinds, and Cognitive Development
In "Concepts, Kinds, and Cognitive Development, "Frank Keil provides a coherent account of how concepts and word meanings develop in children, adding to our understanding of the representationalExpand
Explanation and understanding.
  • F. Keil
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Annual review of psychology
  • 2006
The study of explanation, while related to intuitive theories, concepts, and mental models, offers important new perspectives on high-level thought. Explanations sort themselves into several distinctExpand
The hidden structure of overimitation
Young children are surprisingly judicious imitators, but there are also times when their reproduction of others' actions appears strikingly illogical. For example, children who observe an adultExpand
The Seductive Allure of Neuroscience Explanations
TLDR
We propose that people often find neuroscience information alluring because it interferes with their abilities to judge the quality of the psychological explanations that contain this information. Expand
Categorical effects in the perception of faces
These studies suggest categorical perception effects may be much more general than has commonly been believed and can occur in apparently similar ways at dramatically different levels of processing.Expand
The misunderstood limits of folk science: an illusion of explanatory depth
TLDR
People feel they understand complex phenomena with far greater precision, coherence, and depth than they really do. Expand
Conceptualizing a Nonnatural Entity: Anthropomorphism in God Concepts
We investigate the problem of how nonnatural entities are represented by examining university students' concepts of God, both professed theological beliefs and concepts used in comprehension ofExpand
The origins of an autonomous biology.
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