- Series: Oxford Series in Cognitive Development
- Hardcover: 608 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 6, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195367634
- ISBN-13: 978-0195367638
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.6 x 6.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,687,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Carey gives a brilliant and far-ranging account of concepts and conceptual change, from the earliest concepts of infants to knowledge of mind, number, and the physical world. The book would be worth owning if only for its clear, detailed summaries of research in a wide range of domains, but what really sets it apart is the power of its theorizing...Although some of Carey's claims are controversial, no one interested in the nature of human cognition can fail to find this book fascinating."--Dedre Gentner, Director, Cognitive Science Program and Professor, Department of Psychology and School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University
"Questions about the origin and nature of concepts are among the most central and challenging in all of cognitive science. Carey does an extraordinary job of addressing these questions through a highly original and thoughtful combination of theory and evidence. This book fluidly and fluently weaves together ideas across the disciplines of psychology, philosophy, linguistics and comparative cognition in ways that provide a remarkably comprehensive and coherent account of how concepts emerge, change, and interact over the course of development. The Origins of Concepts will become essential reading for anyone interested in a truly cognitive science approach to concepts, intuitive theories and cognitive development."--Frank C. Keil, Professor of Psychology and Linguistics, Yale University
"The Origin of Concepts by Susan Carey, one of the world's foremost experts in cognitive development, is a stunning accomplishment. Professor Carey's deep analysis brings coherence to an astonishingly broad range of human intellectual achievements including language acquisition, mathematical abilities, and reasoning about the physical world. Carey deftly weaves a unified theoretical framework from classic philosophical debates and state-of
About the Author
Susan Carey is a Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. She is a renowned expert on conceptual development and is known for introducing the concept of fast mapping, whereby children learn the meanings of words after a single exposure, and for integrating work on conceptual change in the history of science with work on conceptual change in childhood.
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