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© 2007 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 10, Issue 1, pages 89–96, January 2007
How to Cite
Spelke, E. S. and Kinzler, K. D. (2007), Core knowledge. Developmental Science, 10: 89–96. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2007.00569.x
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Human cognition is founded, in part, on four systems for representing objects, actions, number, and space. It may be based, as well, on a fifth system for representing social partners. Each system has deep roots in human phylogeny and ontogeny, and it guides and shapes the mental lives of adults. Converging research on human infants, non-human primates, children and adults in diverse cultures can aid both understanding of these systems and attempts to overcome their limits.