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Using Property induction to evaluate understanding of mixing

Quinn, C; Ellefson, MR; Schlottmann, A; Taber, KS; (2013) Using Property induction to evaluate understanding of mixing. In: Knauff, M and Pauen, M and Sebanz, N and Wachsmuth, I, (eds.) Cooperative Minds: Social Interaction and Group Dynamics: Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. (pp. pp. 1181-1186). Cognitive Science Society: Austin, Texas, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Although reasoning skills have been investigated in a number of different domains, very little is known about how children and adults use them in chemistry. Here, participants from 4 years to adults saw various mixtures presented using a standard property induction paradigm. The category and appearance of everyday materials were varied to assess the extent that participants use these features to inform their judgments about what happens when these materials are mixed with water. In general, the results followed similar patterns seen when this paradigm has been applied to other domains, with both category and appearance informing inductive generalizations. The findings contrast with interview-based measures of children’s understanding of chemistry and offer an important addition to the field.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Using Property induction to evaluate understanding of mixing
Event: CogSci 2013, 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 31 July - 3 August 2013, Berlin, Germany
Location: Berlin, Germany
ISBN-13: 9780976831891
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://mindmodeling.org/cogsci2013/papers/0228/pa...
Language: English
Additional information: This is the published version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: property induction; chemistry; reasoning; cognitive development
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Experimental Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1529267
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