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dc.contributor.authorBurdett, Emily Rachel Reed
dc.contributor.authorBarrett, Justin L
dc.identifier.citationBurdett , E R R & Barrett , J L 2016 , ' The circle of life : a cross-cultural comparison of children's attribution of life-cycle traits ' , British Journal of Developmental Psychology , vol. 34 , no. 2 , pp. 276-290 .
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dc.descriptionThis research was supported in part by grant 12682 from the John Templeton Foundation.en
dc.description.abstractDo children attribute mortality and other life-cycle traits to all minded beings? The present study examined whether culture influences young children's ability to conceptualize and differentiate human beings from supernatural beings (such as God) in terms of life-cycle traits. Three-to-5-year-old Israeli and British children were questioned whether their mother, a friend, and God would be subject to various life-cycle processes: Birth, death, ageing, existence/longevity, and parentage. Children did not anthropomorphize but differentiated among human and supernatural beings, attributing life-cycle traits to humans, but not to God. Although 3-year-olds differentiated significantly among agents, 5-year-olds attributed correct life-cycle traits more consistently than younger children. The results also indicated some cross-cultural variation in these attributions. Implications for biological conceptual development are discussed.
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dc.subjectCognitive developmenten
dc.subjectFolk biologyen
dc.subjectCultural learningen
dc.subjectCross-cultural comparisonsen
dc.subjectNaïve biologyen
dc.subjectRC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatryen
dc.subjectBF Psychologyen
dc.subjectSDG 3 - Good Health and Well-beingen
dc.titleThe circle of life : a cross-cultural comparison of children's attribution of life-cycle traitsen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Psychology and Neuroscienceen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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