Publications of Kovács, K.

Mahr JB, Csibra G. A short history of theories of intuitive theories. In: Gervain J, Csibra G, Kovács K, editors. A Life in Cognition: Studies in Cognitive Science in honor of Csaba Pléh. Springer; In Press.

A short history of theories of intuitive theories

Intui?ve theories are sets of integrated concepts and causal laws that people adopt to comprehend, explain, and predict certain phenomena they encounter in the world. These theories are ‘intui?ve’ because they are thought to drive our intui?ons about how the physical and biological world, the mental life of people, and the society we live in work, without mee?ng the standards of explicit scien?fic theorizing. The proposal that people adopt such theories has been around at least since the 1970s. However, how psychologists think about intui?ve theories has been changing since they have been first proposed. In this chapter, we provide a short overview of the approaches to the func?on of intui?ve theories and belief-forming systems more generally. While early characteriza?on of intui?ve theories emphasized their epistemic func?on, later aSempts took an evolu?onary view, claiming that they serve adap?ve func?ons that are not always aligned with the goal of accurately tracking environmental states. A recent twist in this story is the proposal that shared intui?ve theories may also serve social func?ons by providing a ‘theore?cal common ground’ on which people interpret unobservable en??es, such as memories, character traits, en?tlements, and obliga?ons. Such shared theories might be essen?al for social coordina?on via communica?on.

Vidra Z. Kistérségi közoktatás-szervezés a Nagykállói kistérségben (Public Education in the micro-region of Nagykálló, Hungary). In: Kovács K, Balázs É, editors. Többcélú küzdelem. Helyzetképek a kistérségi közoktatásról. Budapest: Oktatáskutató és Fejlesztő Intézet; 2012. p. 275-306.
Gergely G, Csibra G. A kulturális elme társadalmi konstruálása: az utánzásos tanulás mint humánpedagógiai mechanizmus. In: Gervain J, Kovács K, Lukács Á, Racsmány M, editors. Az ezerarcú elme. Tanulmányok Pléh Csaba 60. születésnapjára. Budapest, Hungary: Akadémiai Kiadó; 2005. p. 371-7.