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On the Origin of Concepts
Only human beings have a rich conceptual repertoire with concepts like tort, entropy, Abelian group, mannerism, icon and deconstruction. How have humans constructed these concepts? And once they haveExpand
Why faces are and are not special: an effect of expertise.
TLDR
Three experiments show that for dog experts sufficiently knowledgeable to individuate dogs of the same breed, memory for photographs of dogs of that breed is as disrupted by inversion as is face recognition, consistent with the view that experts represent items in memory in terms of distinguishing features of a different kind than do novices. Expand
The child as word learner
concepts of reference point and polarity, which presuppose concepts of dimension of comparison and zero point. These concepts can be probed nonlinguistically. For example, animals can be taught toExpand
One, two, three, four, nothing more: An investigation of the conceptual sources of the verbal counting principles
TLDR
It is concluded that, while representations of small sets provided by parallel individuation, enriched by the resources of set-based quantification are recruited in the acquisition process to provide the first numerical meanings for "one to "four", analog magnitudes play no role in this process. Expand
Infants’ Metaphysics: The Case of Numerical Identity
  • F. Xu, S. Carey
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • 1 April 1996
TLDR
It is conjecture that young infants might represent only the general sortal, object, and construct more specific sortals later (the Object-first Hypothesis), closely related to Bower's (1974) conjecture that infants use spatiotemporal information to trace identity before they use property information. Expand
From piecemeal to configurational representation of faces.
TLDR
The development at age 10 of the ability to encode orientation-specific configurational aspects of a face may reflect completion of certain maturational changes in the right cerebral hemisphere. Expand
Are faces perceived as configurations more by adults than by children
Abstract Adult face recognition is severely hampered by stimulus inversion. Several investigators have attributed this vulnerability to the effect of orientation on encoding relational aspects ofExpand
Acquiring a Single New Word
TLDR
The present study wanted to present the new word in a situation that would approximate a child's everyday word-learning experience at its most casual and undirected level, and intended to provide a strong test of the child's word learning skills. Expand
The Representations Underlying Infants' Choice of More: Object Files Versus Analog Magnitudes
TLDR
The pattern of success and failure of infants' spontaneous representations of more and less supports the hypothesis that they relied on object-file representations, comparing mental models via total volume or surface area rather than via one-to-one correspondence between object files. Expand
Becoming a face expert.
  • S. Carey
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society…
  • 29 January 1992
Young children do not form representations of newly encountered faces as efficiently as do adults. A first step in explaining this difference, like any age-related change, is locating its source. AExpand
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