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The making of human concepts

Author: Denis Mareschal; Paul C Quinn; S E G Lea
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010.
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This book tackles the age-old puzzle of what might be unique about human concepts. Intuitively, we have a sense that our thoughts are somehow different from those of animals and young children such as infants. Yet, if true, this raises the question of where and how this uniqueness arises. What are the factors that have played out during the life course of the individual and over the evolution of humans that have  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Denis Mareschal; Paul C Quinn; S E G Lea
ISBN: 9780199549221 0199549222
OCLC Number: 781055671
Description: XII, 400 str. : ilustr. ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I: THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS: 1. Where do concepts come from?. 2. What are ca tegories and concepts?. 3. Rules and similarity in adult concept learning. 4. Mechanistic models of associative and rule-based category learning. 5. The neurobiology of categorization. 6. Different kinds of concepts and different kinds of words : what words do for human cognition. 7. Concepts and culture --
pt. II: CONCEPT LEARNING ACROSS SPECIES: 8. Category learning and concept learn ing in birds. 9. Concept learning in nonprimate mammals : in search of evience. 10. Concepts in monkeys. 11. Cognitive development in chimpanzees : a trade-off between memory and abstraction?. 12. Categorization and concept formation in human infants. 13. The making of an abstract concept : natural number. 14. Concepts in human adults --
pt. III: THE MAKING OF UNIQUELY HUMAN CONCEPTS: 15. Darwin and development : why ontogeny does not recapitualte phylogeny for human concepts. 16. More than concepts : how multiple integrations make human intelligence. 17. The evolution of concepts : a timely look --
pt. IV: CONCLUSIONS: 18. The making of human concepts.
Responsibility: edited by Denis Mareschal, Paul C. Quinn, Stephen E.G. Lea.

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This book tackles the age-old puzzle of what might be unique about human concepts. Intuitively, we have a sense that our thoughts are somehow different from those of animals and young children such as infants. Yet, if true, this raises the question of where and how this uniqueness arises. What are the factors that have played out during the life course of the individual and over the evolution of humans that have contributed to the emergence of this apparently unique ability? This volume brings together a collection of world specialists who have grappled with these questions from different perspectives to try to resolve the issue. It includes contributions from leading psychologists, neuroscientists, child and infant specialists, and animal cognition specialists. Taken together, this story leads to the idea that there is no unique ingredient in the emergence of human concepts, but rather a powerful and potentially unique mix of biological abilities and personal and social history that has led to where the human mind now stands.

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