Children undergo dramatic changes in thinking between 2 and 6 years of age. They learn about objects in the world and how they work, and they learn about the natural world – including people, their behaviors and their less obvious traits. All of this information can be systemized in generalizations: categories and concepts. We have studied several kinds of changes in children’s categorization, conceptual knowledge, and reasoning and problem-solving (e.g., tool-use). Expand the topics below or follow the links to learn more about our work on these topics.
Concepts and Category-Based Inferences
Development of Tool-Use
Understanding Mental States