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Author Chaigneau, S.E.; Puebla, G.; Canessa, E.C.
Title Why the designer's intended function is central for proper function assignment and artifact conceptualization: Essentialist and normative accounts Type
Year 2016 Publication Developmental Review Abbreviated Journal Dev. Rev.
Volume 41 Issue Pages 38-50
Keywords Artifacts; Function; Design; Essentialism; Ownership
Abstract People tend to think that the function intended by an artifact's designer is its real or proper function. Relatedly, people tend to classify artifacts according to their designer's intended function (DIF), as opposed to an alternative opportunistic function. This centrality of DIF has been shown in children from 6 years of age to adults, and it is not restricted to Western societies. We review four different explanations for the centrality of DIF, integrating developmental and adult data. Two of these explanations are essentialist accounts (causal and intentional essentialism). Two of them are normative accounts (conventional function and idea ownership). Though essentialist accounts have been very influential, we review evidence that shows their limitations. Normative accounts have been less predominant. We review evidence to support them, and discuss how they account for the data. In particular, we review evidence suggesting that the centrality of DIF can be explained as a case of idea ownership. This theory makes sense of a great deal of the existing data on the subject, reconciles contradictory results, links this line of work to other literatures, and offers an account of the observed developmental trend. (C) 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Address [Chaigneau, Sergio E.] Adolfo Ibanez Univ, Sch Psychol, Ctr Social & Cognit Neurosci, Ctr Cognit Res, Santiago, Region Metropol, Chile, Email: sergio.chaigneau@uai.cl
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Publisher Academic Press Inc Elsevier Science Place of Publication Editor
Language English Summary Language Original Title
Series Editor Series Title Abbreviated Series Title
Series Volume Series Issue Edition
ISSN 0273-2297 ISBN Medium (up)
Area Expedition Conference
Notes WOS:000381845200002 Approved
Call Number UAI @ eduardo.moreno @ Serial 648
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