Cognitive ethology, over-attribution of agency and focusing abilities as they relate to the origin of concepts

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 34 (3):146-147 (2011)
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Carey's superb discussion of the origin of concepts is extended into the field of cognitive ethology. I also suggest that agency may be a default mechanism, often leading to over-attribution. The problem therefore becomes one of specifying the conditions in which agency is not attributed. The significance of attentional/focusing abilities on conceptual development is also emphasized

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The origin of concepts.Susan Carey - 2009 - New York: Oxford University Press.

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