Misrepresentational innateness

Gary Marcus

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Both nature and nurture are important contributors to development, but the two are not mutually exclusive. Understanding their joint contribution will require a balanced look at both contributors. This commentary proposes that the target article by J. P. Spencer et.al. (2009) falls short in this regard, largely because it misrepresents the very "nativist" position it seeks to critique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-95
Number of pages2
JournalChild Development Perspectives
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009


  • Development
  • Environment
  • Genes
  • Innateness
  • Learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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