PSYC22H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Dete, Statistical Hypothesis Testing, Kevin Bremner
Core knowledge: perceptual and conceptual capacitates common to everyone. Humans are endowed with a small number of separable systems of core knowledge then, new flexible skills, and belief systems are built on these core foundations. The core knowledge systems include: numerical relationships. Infants understand quantities and ratios, but not counting. In other words, infants and newborns can tell apart one thing from three things (they understand that its different) Their precision of being able to detect differences in quantities, gets better and better over time: object properties. Infants seem to understand some basic object constraints and properties early on. E. g. , four-month-old babies understand that solid objects can"t pass through another solid object. They also understand that an object will continue along a certain path unless it"s blocked. They continue to understand more properties of objects with maturation and experience: **agents and goal directed actions (will talk about later in the course) i. e. , social beings with goals and goal directed actions.