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    Children’s Imagination and Belief: Prone to Flights of Fancy or Grounded in Reality?Jonathan D. Lane, Samuel Ronfard, Stéphane P. Francioli & Paul L. Harris - 2016 - Cognition 152:127-140.
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    Cognitive Mechanisms Associated with Children’s Selective Teaching.Kathleen H. Corriveau, Samuel Ronfard & Yixin Kelly Cui - 2018 - Review of Philosophy and Psychology 9 (4):831-848.
    Whereas a large body of research has focused on the development of children as learners, relatively little research has focused on the development of children as teachers. Moreover, even less research has focused on the potential cognitive mechanisms associated with high-quality teaching. Here, we review evidence that children’s selective teaching is associated with at least three cognitive skills: the ability to represent mental states, the ability to infer mental states in real-time, as well as executive function skills. We note potential (...)
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    A Diverse and Flexible Teaching Toolkit Facilitates the Human Capacity for Cumulative Culture.Emily R. R. Burdett, Lewis G. Dean & Samuel Ronfard - 2018 - Review of Philosophy and Psychology 9 (4):807-818.
    Human culture is uniquely complex compared to other species. This complexity stems from the accumulation of culture over time through high- and low-fidelity transmission and innovation. One possible reason for why humans retain and create culture, is our ability to modulate teaching strategies in order to foster learning and innovation. We argue that teaching is more diverse, flexible, and complex in humans than in other species. This particular characteristic of human teaching rather than teaching itself is one of the reasons (...)
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    The Active Role Played by Human Learners is Key to Understanding the Efficacy of Teaching in Humans.Samuel Ronfard & Paul L. Harris - 2015 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 38.
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    Flat Vs. Expressive Storytelling: Young Children’s Learning and Retention of a Social Robot’s Narrative.Jacqueline M. Kory Westlund, Sooyeon Jeong, Hae W. Park, Samuel Ronfard, Aradhana Adhikari, Paul L. Harris, David DeSteno & Cynthia L. Breazeal - 2017 - Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 11.
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    Children’s Decision to Transmit Information is Guided by Their Evaluation of the Nature of That Information.Samuel Ronfard & Paul L. Harris - 2018 - Review of Philosophy and Psychology 9 (4):849-861.
    Recent findings have shown that children’s teaching is guided by their evaluation of what a pupil does versus does not know. While children certainly teach to remedy a knowledge gap between themselves and a learner, we argue that children’s appraisal of the nature of the knowledge that they are seeking to convey and not just whether a knowledge gap exists plays an important role in children’s decision to transmit information. Specifically, we argue that children are more likely to transmit information (...)
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    A Cognitive Developmental Approach is Essential to Understanding Cumulative Technological Culture.Emily Rachel Reed Burdett & Samuel Ronfard - 2020 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 43.
    Osiurak and Reynaud argue that children are not a good methodological choice to examine cumulative technological culture. However, the paper ignores other current work that suggests that young children do display some aspects of creative problem-solving. We argue that using multiple methodologies and examining how technical-reasoning develops in children will provide crucial support for a cognitive approach to CTC.
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    Inhibiting Intuition: Scaffolding Children's Theory Construction About Species Evolution in the Face of Competing Explanations.Samuel Ronfard, Sarah Brown, Erin Doncaster & Deborah Kelemen - 2021 - Cognition 211:104635.
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