The role of information about "convention," "design," and "goal" in representing artificial kinds

Tim P. German*, Danielle Truxaw, Margaret Anne Defeyter

*Corresponding author for this work

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Artifact knowledge requires integration of information from different areas of human commonsense knowledge—our everyday understanding of object mechanics and our everyday psychology. Here we address the question of artifact conceptual structure, outlining evidence from tasks involving categorization, function judgments, and problem solving.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-81
Number of pages13
JournalNew Directions for Child and Adolescent Development
Issue number115
Early online date26 Mar 2007
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


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