What children do in spite of what they know

Thomas G Bever, J. Mehler, J. Epstein

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New studies support the hypothesis that young children have basic cognitive capacities but utilize them inefficiently; older children aid these capacities with generally valid cognitive heuristics which produce poor performance on critical problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)921-925
Number of pages5
Issue number3856
Publication statusPublished - 1968
Externally publishedYes


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Bever, T. G., Mehler, J., & Epstein, J. (1968). What children do in spite of what they know. Science, 162(3856), 921-925.