Harvard University psychologists seek to unlock secrets of children's complex thinking

Children taking a test. What is it about the human mind, as opposed to those of other animals, that makes it able to comprehend and reason about complex concepts such as infinity, cancer or protons?That is what National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research conducted by Harvard University professors Susan Carey and Deborah Zaitchik seeks to find out.The two investigators are leading a new project that explores how children develop understanding of abstract concepts over time, specifically in ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132270&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.