RuCCS Colloquia

How children come to grasp the causal structure of the world.

Frank Keil

Tuesday, October 19, 2004, 01:00pm - 02:00pm

Yale University, Department of Linguistics

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�Children can only track part of the immense causal complexity that exists in the world around them,� raising questions as to what causal patterns they do use and how they deal with the incompleteness of their understanding.� The problem is exacerbated by demonstrations that all people at all ages grossly overestimate the depth and quality of their causal understandings.� The notion of adults, let alone children and infants, as having "intuitive theories" seems problematic on any normal reading of "theory".� Yet, at a more implicit level,� even quite young children are highly effective at extracting causal gists that enable them to� build more detailed causal explanations when needed and which allow them to effectively use the division of cognitive labor that exists in all cultures.

Frank Keil

The RuCCS Colloquia Series is organized by Dr. Julien Musolino and Dr. Sara Pixley. The talks are held on Tuesdays in the Psychology Building, Room 101 on the Busch Campus from 1:00-2:30pm.

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