Carnegie Mellon University
November 03, 2014

Carnegie Mellon's Anna V. Fisher Wins James S. McDonnell Foundation Cognition Scholar Award

Carnegie Mellon's Anna V. Fisher Wins James S. McDonnell Foundation Cognition Scholar Award

Anna V. FisherAnna V. Fisher

It comes as no surprise that adults have much more advanced cognitive abilities than children. What remains less clear is how the advanced abilities, such as reasoning, understanding abstract concepts and organizing categories into multiple levels of abstraction, develop. Many psychologists and philosophers, dating back to Plato, believe the knowledge structures that support the drastic change in cognition are innate.

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