Publications

 

Deisendruck, G., Salzer, S., Kushnir, T., & Xu, F. (in press). When choices aren’t personal: The effect of statistical and social cues on children’s inferences about the scope of preferences. Journal of Cognition and Development. [email for copy]


Fedyk, M. & Kushnir, T. (in press). Development links psychological causes to evolutionary explanations. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. [email for copy]


Chernyak, N. & Kushnir, T. (in press). The self as a moral agent: Preschoolers behave morally but believe in the freedom to do otherwise. Journal of Cognition and Development[email for copy]


Chernyak, N. & Kushnir, T. (2013). Giving preschoolers choice increases sharing behavior. Psychological Science, 24 (10), 1971-1979. [pdf]


Chernyak, N., Kushnir, T., Sullivan, K., & Wang, Q. (2013). A comparison of American and Nepalese children's concepts of freedom of choice and social constraint. Cognitive Science, 37 (7), 1343-55. doi: 10.1111/cogs.12046. [pdf]


Sobel, D. M. & Kushnir, T. (2013). Knowledge matters: How children evaluate the reliability of testimony as a process of rational inference. Psychological Review, 120 (4), 779-797. doi: 10.1037/a0034191 [pdf]


Yu, Y. & Kushnir, T. (2013).  Social Context Effects in 2- and 4-year-olds' Selective Versus Faithful Imitation. Developmental Psychology. doi: 10.1037/a0034242 [pdf]


Kushnir, T. (2013). How children learn from and about people: The fundamental link between social cognition and statistical evidence. In M. Banaji and S. Gelman (eds). The development of social cognition. Oxford University Press. [email for copy]


Kushnir, T., Vredenburgh, C., & Schneider, L. A. (2013).  “Who can help me fix this toy?:” The distinction between causal expertise and conventional knowledge  guides preschoolers’ causal learning from informants. Developmental Psychology.  [pdf]


Xu, F. & Kushnir, T. (2013). Infants are rational constructivist learners. Current directions in psychological science. 22(1) 28–32. [pdf]


Xu, F. & Kushnir, T. Eds (2012). Advances in Child Development and Behavior Volume 43: Rational Constructivism in Cognitive Development. Waltham, MA: Academic Press.


Kushnir, T. (2012). Developing a concept of choice.  In Xu, F. & Kushnir, T (eds), Advances in Child Development and Behavior: Rational Constructivism in Cognitive Development. Waltham, MA: Academic Press. [pdf]


Kortenaar, M., Kushnir, T. and Trautmann. C. (2012) The Curiosity Corner: A Place for Young Scientists to Explore and Learn. Informal Learning Review. [pdf]


Yu, Y. & Kushnir, T. (2011). It’s all about the game: Infants’ action strategies during imitation are influenced by their prior expectations. In L. Carlson, C. Hölscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.[pdf]


Chernyak, N., Kushnir, T., Sullivan, K. M., & Wang, Q. (2011). A Comparison of Nepalese and American Children’s Concepts of Free Will. In L. Carlson, C. Hölscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [pdf]

Kushnir, T. & Chernyak, N. (2010). Understanding the adult moralist requires first understanding the child scientist. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33 (4), 343-344. [pdf]

Chernyak, N., Kushnir, T., Wellman, H. M. (2010).  Developing notions of free will: Preschoolers understanding of how intangible constraints bind their freedom of choice. In Camtrabone, R. and Ohlsson, S. (Eds), Proceedings of the 32nd annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 2601-2606. [pdf]

Kushnir, T., Xu, F. & Wellman, H. M. (2010). Young children use statistical sampling to infer the preferences of other people. Psychological Science, 21, 1134-1140. [pdf]

Kushnir, T., Gopnik, A., Lucas, C., & Schulz, L. E. (2010).  Inferring hidden causal structure. Cognitive Science, 34, 148-160. [pdf]

Kushnir, T., Wellman, H. M. & Chernyak, N. (2009).  Preschoolers' Understanding of Freedom of Choice. In  Taatgen, N. and van Rijn, H. (Eds), Proceedings of the 31st annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. 87-92. [pdf]

Kushnir, T., Wellman, H. M. & Gelman, S. A. (2009).  A self-agency bias in children’s causal inferences. Developmental Psychology, 45 (2), 597-603. [pdf]

Kushnir, T., Wellman, H. M. & Gelman, S. A.(2008).  The role of preschoolers’ social understanding in evaluating the informativeness of causal interventions. Cognition. 107 (3), 1084-1092. [pdf]

Kushnir, T. & Gopnik, A. (2007).  Conditional probability versus spatial contiguity in causal learning: Preschoolers use new contingency evidence to overcome prior spatial assumptions. Developmental Psychology, 44, 186-196. [pdf]

Schulz, L. E., Kushnir, T., & Gopnik, A. (2007). Learning from doing: Interventions and causal inference.  In A. Gopnik & L. E. Schulz (Eds.), Causal Learning; Psychology, Philosophy and Computation, 67-86.  New York: Oxford University Press. [pdf]

Sobel, D. M. & Kushnir, T. (2006). The importance of decision-making in causal learning from interventions. Memory & Cognition, 34. 411-419. [pdf]

Kushnir T. & Gopnik, A., (2005). Children infer causal strength from probabilities and interventions. Psychological Science, 16, 678-683. [pdf]

Gopnik, A., Glymour, C., Sobel, D., Schulz, L.E., Kushnir, T., & Danks, D. (2004). A theory of causal learning in children: Causal maps and Bayes nets. Psychological Review, 111 (1), 3-32. [pdf]