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    A-not-B errors: testing the limits of natural pedagogy

    Vorms, Marion (2012) A-not-B errors: testing the limits of natural pedagogy. Review of Philosophy and Psychology 3 (4), pp. 525-545. ISSN 1878-5158.

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    Gergely and Csibra’s theory, known as “natural pedagogy theory”, is meant to explain how infants fast-learn generic knowledge from adults. In this paper, my goal is to assess the explanatory import of this theory in a particular case, namely the phenomena known as “A-not-B errors”. I first propose a clarification of natural pedagogy theory’s fundamental hypotheses. Then, I describe Topál et al.’s (Science, 321, 1831–1834, 2008) experiments, which consist in applying natural pedagogy theory’s framework to the A-not-B errors. Finally, I show that natural pedagogy theory, in its actual stage of development, does not suffice to choose between various interpretations of Topál et al.’s experimental results.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2016 13:58
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:21


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