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›› 2003, Vol. 11 ›› Issue (1): 12-21.

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Research On Core Knowledge Systems And Indications To Relative Fields

Sun Yuhao,Fu Xiaolan   

  1. 1Institute of Psycholgoy, the Chinese Academy of Sciences,Beijing 100101 2 Inst. of Logic and Cognition of Zhongshan University,Guangzhou510275
  • Received:2002-04-28 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2003-01-15 Published:2003-01-15
  • Contact: Fu Xiaolan

Abstract: To make the mechanism under complex cognitive skills such as readings and calculation understandable, core knowledge systems are suggested as component cognitive systems with a long ontogenetic and phylogenetic history which children and adults use as building blocks to construct new cognitive abilities. Studies of human infants suggest that core knowledge systems are mechanisms for representing and reasoning about particular kinds of ecologically important entities and events. Core knowledge systems are limited in a number of ways: They are domain specific, task specific, and encapsulated. Research on older children and adults suggests that core knowledge systems continue to exist and they serving as building blocks for the development of new cognitive skills. A single case study of core knowledge and cognitive development centering on the domain of number is presented in this article explaining how core knowledge system work. From research on core knowledge, some indications arise. First, human infants and other animals are also available for cognitive studies because they both exhibit many of the cognitive systems serve as cognitive skills’ building blocks. Second, comparison as a basic cognitive operation needs more studies on it. Third, research on conceptual formation and conceptual structure will have some ideas from the combination of study on core knowledge system and psychological essentialism.

Key words: domain specificity, core knowledge, natural number, concept

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