Confronting complexity:Insights from the details of behavior over multiple timescales

Samuelson, Larissa K and Horst, Jessica S (2008) Confronting complexity:Insights from the details of behavior over multiple timescales. Developmental Science, 11 (2). pp. 209-215. ISSN 1363-755X

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Abstract

Young children tend to generalize novel names for novel solid objects by similarity in shape, a phenomenon dubbed 'the shape bias'. We believe that the critical insights needed to explain the shape bias in particular, and cognitive development more generally, come from Dynamic Systems Theory. We present two examples of recent work focusing on the real-time decision processes that underlie performance in the tasks used to measure the shape bias. We show how this work, and the dynamic systems perspective, sheds light on the controversy over the origins and development of the shape bias. In addition, we suggest that this dynamic systems perspective provides the right level for explanations of development because it requires a focus on the details of behavior over multiple timescales.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: bias (epidemiology),child (preschool),cognition,form perception,humans,problem solving,psychological theory,time factors
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2015 14:01
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2020 23:47
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/55206
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2007.00667.x

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