Experience and cultural models matter: Placing firm limits on childhood anthropocentrism

Sandra Waxman*, Douglas Medin

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper builds on Hatano and Inagaki's pioneering work on the role of experience and cultural models in children's biological reasoning. We use a category-based induction task to consider how experience and cultural models shape rural and urban children's patterns of biological reasoning. We discuss the implications of these findings for developmental theory and educational practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-30
Number of pages8
JournalHuman Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2007


  • Anthropocentrism
  • Biological concepts
  • Cognitive development
  • Culture
  • Experience
  • Language development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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