Volume 43 of Advances in Child Development and Behavior includes chapters that highlight some of the most recent research in the area of Rational Constructivism. Each chapter provides in-depth discussions, and this volume serves as an invaluable resource for Developmental or educational psychology researchers, scholars, and students.

Key Features

  • Chapters that highlight some of the most recent research in the area
  • Rational Constructivism discussed in detail


Developmental or educational psychology researchers, scholars, and students

Table of Contents

Contributors to This Volume



What Is Rational Constructivism?

How Is the Rational Constructivist View Different from Other Views

Some Answers, More Questions

Chapter One The Probable and the Possible at 12 Months

1 Introduction

2 Can Humans Reason about the Probable and the Possible?

3 Infants’ Reasoning Abilities: Domain-Specific Mechanisms, General Systems of Inferences, and Future Predictions

4 A Theory of Probabilistic Reasoning: From Logical Representations to Single-Case Probabilities

5 Infants’ Expectations about the Probable Future

6 Intuitive Statistics and Logical Intuitions of Probabilities: Conflicting or Complementary Explanations?

7 Infant Rationality and Simulations: Yet a Third Alternative?

8 What about “Experienced Frequencies”?

9 The Future of Predictions about the Future

Chapter Two Probabilistic Inference in Human Infants

1 Introduction

2 Empirical Evidence for Probabilistic Inference in Infancy

3 Implications and Conclusions

4 Future Directions

Chapter Three Reasoning about Instrumental and Communicative Agency in Human Infancy

1 Introduction: The Many Faces of Human Reason

2 Third-Personal Reasoning about Instrumental Agency in Young Infants

3 Second-Personal Understanding of Communicative Agency in Young Infants

4 Enduring Relevance and Rationality

5 Concluding Remarks

Chapter Four Can Rational Models Be Good Accounts of Developmental Change? The Case of Language Development at Two Time Scales

1 Introduction

2 Rational versus Associative Inference

3 A Selective Review of Early Language Abilities and Their Speed of Acquisition

4 Discussion

Chapter Five Learning about Causes from People and about People as Causes

1 Introduct


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