publication . Article . Other literature type . 2018

A theory of causal learning in children: Causal maps and Bayes nets

Gopnik, Alison; Glymour, Clark; Sobel, David M.; Schulz, Laura E.; Kushnir, Tamar; Danks, David;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2018
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
Abstract
The authors outline a cognitive and computational account of causal learning in children. They propose that children use specialized cognitive systems that allow them to recover an accurate "causal map" of the world: an abstract, coherent, learned representation of the causal relations among events. This kind of knowledge can be perspicuously understood in terms of the formalism of directed graphical causal models, or Bayes nets. Children's causal learning and inference may involve computations similar to those for learning causal Bayes nets and for predicting with them. Experimental results suggest that 2- to 4-year-old children construct new causal maps and th...
Subjects
free text keywords: theories. cognitive development, causation, learning, Philosophy, Bayes nets
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publication . Article . Other literature type . 2018

A theory of causal learning in children: Causal maps and Bayes nets

Gopnik, Alison; Glymour, Clark; Sobel, David M.; Schulz, Laura E.; Kushnir, Tamar; Danks, David;