The scope of teleological thinking in preschool children

@article{Kelemen1999TheSO,
  title={The scope of teleological thinking in preschool children},
  author={Deborah Kelemen},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={1999},
  volume={70},
  pages={241-272}
}
  • D. Kelemen
  • Published 1 April 1999
  • Psychology
  • Cognition

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