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  1. Stephanie Denison & Fei Xu (2014). The Origins of Probabilistic Inference in Human Infants. Cognition 130 (3):335-347.
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  2. Lili Ma & Fei Xu (2011). Young Children's Use of Statistical Sampling Evidence to Infer the Subjectivity of Preferences. Cognition 120 (3):403-411.
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  3. Amy Perfors, Joshua B. Tenenbaum, Thomas L. Griffiths & Fei Xu (2011). A Tutorial Introduction to Bayesian Models of Cognitive Development. Cognition 120 (3):302-321.
  4. Fei Xu & Susan Carey (2011). Rational Constructivism, Statistical Inference, and Core Cognition. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 34 (3):151.
    I make two points in this commentary on Carey (2009). First, it may be too soon to conclude that core cognition is innate. Recent advances in computational cognitive science and developmental psychology suggest possible mechanisms for developing inductive biases. Second, there is another possible answer to Fodor's challenge – if concepts are merely mental tokens, then cognitive scientists should spend their time on developing a theory of belief fixation instead.
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  5. Fei Xu & Thomas L. Griffiths (2011). Probabilistic Models of Cognitive Development: Towards a Rational Constructivist Approach to the Study of Learning and Development. Cognition 120 (3):299-301.
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  6. Stephanie Denison & Fei Xu (2010). Integrating Physical Constraints in Statistical Inference by 11-Month-Old Infants. Cognitive Science 34 (5):885-908.
    Much research on cognitive development focuses either on early-emerging domain-specific knowledge or domain-general learning mechanisms. However, little research examines how these sources of knowledge interact. Previous research suggests that young infants can make inferences from samples to populations (Xu & Garcia, 2008) and 11- to 12.5-month-old infants can integrate psychological and physical knowledge in probabilistic reasoning (Teglas, Girotto, Gonzalez, & Bonatti, 2007; Xu & Denison, 2009). Here, we ask whether infants can integrate a physical constraint of immobility into a statistical (...)
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  7. Fei Xu (2009). Concept Formation and Language Development: Count Nouns and Object Kinds. In Gareth Gaskell (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Psycholinguistics. Oup Oxford.
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  8. Fei Xu (2009). Count Nouns, Sortal Concepts, and the Nature ofEarly Words. In Francis Jeffry Pelletier (ed.), Kinds, Things, and Stuff: Mass Terms and Generics. Oup Usa. 191.
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  9. Fei Xu & Stephanie Denison (2009). Statistical Inference and Sensitivity to Sampling in 11-Month-Old Infants. Cognition 112 (1):97-104.
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  10. Fei Xu, Kathryn Dewar & Amy Perfors (2009). Induction, Overhypotheses, and the Shape Bias: Some Arguments and Evidence for Rational Constructivism. In Bruce M. Hood & Laurie Santos (eds.), The Origins of Object Knowledge. Oxford University Press. 263--284.
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  11. Fei Xu, Kathryn Dewar & Perfors & Amy (2009). Induction, Overhypotheses, and the Shape Bias: Some Arguments and Evidence for Rational Constructivism. In Bruce M. Hood & Laurie R. Santos (eds.), The Origins of Object Knowledge. Oup Oxford.
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  12. Fei Xu (2007). Rational Statistical Inference and Cognitive Development. In Peter Carruthers (ed.), The Innate Mind: Foundations and the Future. Oxford University Press, Usa. 3--199.
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  13. Fei Xu (2007). Sortal Concepts, Object Individuation, and Language. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 11 (9):400-406.
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  14. Fei Xu (2006). Makesi Zhu Yi Zhe Xue Yu Hou Xian Dai Zhu Yi de Bi Jiao =. Beijing Shi ;Zhi Shi Chan Quan Chu Ban She.
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  15. Fei Xu (2003). Numerosity Discrimination in Infants: Evidence for Two Systems of Representations. Cognition 89 (1):B15-B25.
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  16. Fei Xu (2002). Language and Conceptual Development: Words as Essence Placeholders. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25 (6):704-705.
    Perhaps in addition to language being a potential medium of domain-general thought, as suggested by Carruthers, language may also play another role in conceptual development: Words are “essence placeholders.” Evidence is presented from studies on categorization, object individuation, and inductive inference in infancy. The assumption that words are essence placeholders may be a mechanism by which infants acquire kind concepts.
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  17. Fei Xu (2002). The Role of Language in Acquiring Object Kind Concepts in Infancy. Cognition 85 (3):223-250.
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  18. Susan Carey & Fei Xu (2001). Beyond Object-Files and Object Tracking: Infant Representations of Objects. Cognition 80:179-213.
     
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  19. Susan Carey & Fei Xu (2001). Infants' Knowledge of Objects: Beyond Object Files and Object Tracking. Cognition 80 (1-2):179-213.
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  20. Brian Scholl, Brian J. Scholl, Michael Kubovy, David van Valkenburg, Zenon W. Pylyshyn, Jacob Feldman, Susan Carey, Fei Xu & Claudia Uller (2001). Numbers 1, 2 Special Issue: Objects and Attention. Cognition 80 (301):301-302.
     
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  21. Fei Xu & Joshua B. Tenenbaum (2001). Rational Statistical Inference: A Critical Component for Word Learning. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24 (6):1123-1124.
    In order to account for how children can generalize words beyond a very limited set of labeled examples, Bloom's proposal of word learning requires two extensions: a better understanding of the “general learning and memory abilities” involved, and a principled framework for integrating multiple conflicting constraints on word meaning. We propose a framework based on Bayesian statistical inference that meets both of those needs.
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  22. Fei Xu & Susan Carey (2000). The Emergence of Kind Concepts: A Rejoinder to Needham and Baillargeon (2000). Cognition 74 (3):285-301.
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  23. Fei Xu & Susan Carey (2000). The Emergence of Kind Concepts: A Rejoinder To. Cognition 74 (3):285-301.
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  24. Fei Xu, Susan Carey & Jenny Welch (1999). Infants' Ability to Use Object Kind Information for Object Individuation. Cognition 70 (2):137-166.
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  25. Alan M. Leslie, Fei Xu, Patrice D. Tremoulet & Brian J. Scholl (1998). Indexing and the Object Concept: Developingwhat'andwhere'systems. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 2 (1):10-18.
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  26. Fei Xu, Joshua B. Tenenbaum & Cristina M. Sorrentino (1998). Concepts Are Not Beliefs, but Having Concepts is Having Beliefs. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 21 (1):89-89.
    We applaud Millikan's psychologically plausible version of the causal theory of reference. Her proposal offers a significant clarification of the much-debated relation between concepts and beliefs, and suggests positive directions for future empirical studies of conceptual development. However, Millikan's revision of the causal theory may leave us with no generally satisfying account of concept individuation in the mind.
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  27. Fei Xu (1997). From Lot's Wife to a Pillar of Salt: Evidence That Physical Object is a Sortal Concept. Mind and Language 12 (3&4):365–392.