The native mind: biological categorization and reasoning in development and across cultures.

  title={The native mind: biological categorization and reasoning in development and across cultures.},
  author={Douglas L. Medin and Scott Atran},
  journal={Psychological review},
  volume={111 4},
This article describes cross-cultural and developmental research on folk biology: that is, the study of how people conceptualize living kinds. The combination of a conceptual module for biology and cross-cultural comparison brings a new perspective to theories of categorization and reasoning. From the standpoint of cognitive psychology, the authors find that results gathered from standard populations in industrialized societies often fail to generalize to humanity at large. For example… CONTINUE READING

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