How Special Are Objects? Children's Reasoning about Objects, Parts, and Holes
Giralt (Nuria) & Bloom (Paul)
Source: Psychological Science, Vol. 11, No. 6 (Nov., 2000), pp. 497-501
Paper - Abstract

Paper StatisticsNotes Citing this PaperDisclaimer


Authors' Introduction

  1. Discrete physical objects have a special status in cognitive and linguistic development. Infants track and enumerate objects, young children are biased to construe novel words as referring to objects, and, when asked to count an array of items, pre-school children tend to count the discrete objects, even if explicitly asked to do otherwise.
  2. We address here the question of whether discrete physical objects are the only entities that have this special status, or whether other individuals are salient as well. In two experiments, we found that 3-year-olds are just as good at identifying, tracking, and counting certain non-object entities (holes in Experiment 1; holes and parts in Experiment 2) as they are with objects.
  3. These results are discussed in light of different theories of the nature and development of children's object bias.

Text Colour Conventions (see disclaimer)

  1. Blue: Text by me; © Theo Todman, 2018
  2. Mauve: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); © the author(s)



© Theo Todman, June 2007 - Sept 2018. Please address any comments on this page to theo@theotodman.com. File output:
Website Maintenance Dashboard
Return to Top of this Page Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page Return to Theo Todman's Home Page