Developmental origin of the animate-inanimate distinction.

  title={Developmental origin of the animate-inanimate distinction.},
  author={David H. Rakison and Diane Poulin-Dubois},
  journal={Psychological bulletin},
  volume={127 2},
The authors examine recent theoretical perspectives of the development of the animate-inanimate distinction in infancy. From these theoretical views emerge 7 characteristic properties, each related to physical or psychological causality, that distinguish animates from inanimates. The literature is reviewed for evidence of infants' ability to perceive and understand each of these properties. Infants associate some animate properties with people by 6 months, but they do not associate the… CONTINUE READING