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How children learn the meanings of words
How do children learn that the word "dog" refers not to all four-legged animals, and not just to Ralph, but to all members of a particular species? How do they learn the meanings of verbs like
Descartes' Baby: How the Science of Child Development Explains What Makes Us Human
All humans see the world in two fundamentally different ways: even babies have a rich understanding of both the physical and social worlds. They expect objects to obey principles of physics, and
Social evaluation by preverbal infants
It is shown that 6- and 10-month-old infants take into account an individual’s actions towards others in evaluating that individual as appealing or aversive: infants prefer an individual who helps another to one who hinders another, prefer a helping individual to a neutral individual, and prefer a neutralindividual to a hindering individual.
How Children Learn the Meaning of Words and How LSA Does It ( Too )
For long psycholinguistics has tried to answer the question “how children learn the meaning of words?” Paul Bloom answers the question in his book with the same title. He argues that the mind does
Choosing the Right Green Marketing Strategy
Green marketing has not lived up to the hopes and dreams of many managers and activists. Although public opinion polls consistently show that consumers would prefer to choose a green product over one
Conservatives are more easily disgusted than liberals
The uniquely human emotion of disgust is intimately connected to morality in many, perhaps all, cultures (Rozin, Lowery, Imada, & Haidt, 1999b). We report two studies suggesting that a predisposition
Slotting Allowances and Fees: Schools of thought and the Views of Practicing Managers
Slotting allowances and fees have attracted considerable attention and controversy since their introduction in the mid-1980s. Currently, two schools of thought dominate the debate on these fees. One
Religion is natural.
  • P. Bloom
  • Psychology
    Developmental science
  • 2007
There has been an emerging body of research exploring children's grasp of certain universal religious ideas, suggesting that two foundational aspects of religious belief - belief in mind-body dualism, and belief in divine agents -- come naturally to young children.
The Curse of Knowledge in Reasoning About False Beliefs
It is shown that if sensitive-enough measures are used, adults show deficits in a false-belief task similar to one used with young children, and a curse-of-knowledge bias in false-Belief reasoning is shown.
Disgust sensitivity predicts intuitive disapproval of gays.
The more disgust sensitive participants were, the more likely they were to describe an agent whose behavior had the side effect of causing gay men to kiss in public as having intentionally encouraged gayMen to kiss publicly-even though most participants did not explicitly think it wrong to encourage gay men in public.