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What Does It Mean to Be Alive?
April 28, 2008
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Understanding the concept of a "living thing" is a late developmental achievement. New research, supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, proposes that the way in which "alive" and other biological concepts are named within a given language, shapes their understanding and acquisition in children. Full Story
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