On the development of biologically specific beliefs: the case of inheritance.

@article{Springer1989OnTD,
  title={On the development of biologically specific beliefs: the case of inheritance.},
  author={Karen Springer and Frank C. Keil},
  journal={Child development},
  year={1989},
  volume={60 3},
  pages={637-48}
}
5 experiments investigated children's intuitions about genetic transmission of features. After parent animals possessing an abnormal feature were described, children were asked whether their baby would be born with that feature in abnormal or normal form. Features were either internal or external, inborn or acquired after birth, and had functional or nonfunctional consequences for the parents. Among preschoolers, features with functional consequences were considered inherited much more… CONTINUE READING