Presents research on the topic of young children's naive biology, examining such theoretical issues as processes, conditions and mechanisms in conceptual development using the development of biological understanding as the target case.
Naive Biology as a Core Domain of Thought. The Living-nonliving Distinction. Personification as Analogy in Biological Understanding. The Distinction between Biological and Psychological Processes. Vitalistic Causality. Construction of Naive Biology under Cognitive and Sociocultural Constraints. Conceptual Change in Naive Biology. Toward Better Understanding of Conceptual Development.
Essays in Developmental Psychology is designed to meet the need for rapid publication of brief volumes in developmental psychology.
The series defines developmental psychology in its broadest terms and covers such topics as social development, cognitive development, developmental neuropsychology and neuroscience, language development, learning difficulties, developmental psychopathology and applied issues.
Each volume in the series makes a conceptual contribution to the topic by reviewing and synthesizing the existing research literature, by advancing theory in the area, or by some combination of these missions.
Authors in this series provide an overview of their own highly successful research program, but they also include an assessment of current knowledge and identification of possible future trends in research.
Each book is a self-contained unit supplying the advanced reader with a coherent review of important research as well as its context, theoretical grounding and implications.