Kelemen, D. and The Child Cognition Lab (2018). How the Dormacks Evolved Longer Backs. Tumblehome Learning: Boston. Purchase here.

Kelemen, D. and The Child Cognition Lab (2017). How the Piloses Evolved Skinny Noses. Tumblehome Learning: Boston. Purchase here.

Papers & Chapters

Lewry, C., Kelemen, D., & Lombrozo, T. ( in press). The moral consequences of teleological beliefs about the human species. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. PDF

Pizza, L., Ronfard, S., Coley, J., Kelemen, D. (2023). Why we should care about moral foundations when preparing for the next pandemic: Insights from Canada, the UK, and the US. PLOS One. PDF

Pizza, L. & Kelemen, D. (2023). Are Humans Part of the Natural World? U.S. Children’s and Adults’ Concept of Nature and its Relationship to Environmental Concern. Topics in Cognitive Science. PDF

Kelemen, D., Brown, S. A., & Pizza, L. (2023). Don’t bug me!: The role of names, functions, and feelings in shaping children’s and adult’s conservation attitudes about unappealing species. Journal of Environmental Psychology. PDF

Kelemen, D., Emmons, N., Brown, S. A., & Gallik, C. (2021). Beliefs about Origins and Eternal Life: How Easy Is Formal Religious Theory Development?. Journal of Cognition and Development, 1-23. PDF

Ronfard, S., Brown, S., Doncaster, E., Kelemen, D. (2021) Inhibiting intuition: Scaffolding children’s theory construction about species evolution in the face of competing explanations. Cognition211, 104635. PDF

Rottman, J., Zizik, V., Minard, K., Young, L., Blake, P. R., & Kelemen, D. (2020). The moral, or the story? Changing children’s distributive justice preferences through social communication. Cognition205, 104441. PDF

Pizza, L., & Posada, R. (2020). “You Have the River to Throw It Away”: Colombian Children’s Reasoning About Transgressions to Nature in Contexts of Economic Performance and Communitarian Needs. Ecopsychology. PDF

Brown, S. A., Ronfard, S., & Kelemen, D. (2020). Teaching natural selection in early elementary classrooms: can a storybook intervention reduce teleological misunderstandings?. Evolution: Education and Outreach13, 1-19. PDF

Kelemen, D. (2019). The Magic of Mechanism: Explanation-based instruction on counterintuitive concepts in early childhood. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 1-13, PDF

Ronfard, S., Zambrana, I. M., Hermansen, T.K., & Kelemen, D. (2018). Question-asking in childhood: A review of the literature and a framework for understanding its development. Developmental Review. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.dr.2018.05.002. PDF

Järnefelt, E., Zhu, L., Canfield, C.F., Chen, M., & Kelemen, D. (2018). Reasoning about nature’s agency and design in the cultural context of China. Religion, Brain & Behavior. doi: 10.1080/2153599X.2018.1449137. PDF

Emmons, N., Lees, K., & Kelemen, D. (2017). Young children’s near and far transfer of the basic theory of natural selection: An analogical storybook intervention. Journal of Research in Science TeachingPDF

Schachner, A., Zhu, L., Li, J., & Kelemen, D. (2017). Is the bias for function-based explanations culturally universal? Children from China endorse teleological explanations of natural phenomena. Journal of Experimental Child PsychologyPDF

Rottman, J., Zhu, L., Wang, W., Seston Schillaci, R., Clark, K. J., & Kelemen, D. (2017). Cultural influences on the teleological stance. Evidence from China. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 1-10. doi: 10.1080/2153599X.2015.1118402. (N.B.: Accepted November 2015. Published online, February 2016) PDF

Rottman, J., Young, L., & Kelemen, D. (2016). The impact of testimony on children’s moralization of novel actions. Emotion, 17(5), 811-827. PDF

Emmons, N. A., Smith, H., & Kelemen, D. A. (2016). Changing minds with the story of adaptation: Strategies for teaching young children about adaptation. Early Education and Development, 27(8), 1205-1221. doi:10.1080/10409289.2016.1169823 PDF

Emmons, N. A., & Kelemen, D. (2015). Young children’s acceptance of within-species variation: Implications for essentialism and teaching evolution. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 139, 148 – 160.  doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2015.05.011. PDF

Emmons, N. A., & Kelemen, D. (2015). I’ve got a feeling: Urban and rural indigenous children’s beliefs about early life mentality. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 138, 106-25. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2015.05.001.  PDF

Jarnefelt, E., Ford Canfield, C. & Kelemen, D. (2015). The divided mind of a disbeliever: Intuitive beliefs about nature as purposefully created among different groups of non-religious adults. Cognition, 140, 72–88. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2015.02.005. PDF

Rottman, J., Kelemen, D., & Young, L. (2015). Hindering harm and preserving purity: How can moral psychology save the planet? Philosophy Compass, 10, 134-144. doi:10.1111/phc3.12195. PDF

Kelemen, D., Emmons, N., Seston, R. & Ganea, P. (2014). Young children can be taught basic natural selection using a picture storybook intervention. Psychological Science, 25, 893-902doi:10.1177/0956797613516009.  PDF

Seston Schillaci, R. & Kelemen, D. (2014) Children’s conformity when acquiring novel conventions: The case of artifacts. Journal of Cognition and Development, 15, 569-583. doi: 10.1080/15248372.2013.784973. PDF

Emmons, N. & Kelemen, D. (2014). The development of children’s pre-life reasoning: Evidence from two cultures. Child Development, 85, 1617-1633. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12220. PDF

Rottman, J., Kelemen, D., & Young, L. (2014). Purity matters more than harm in moral judgments of suicide: Response to Gray. Cognition133, 332–334. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2014.06.008. PDF

Rottman, J., Kelemen, D., & Young, L. (2014).  Tainting the soul: Purity concerns predict moral judgments of suicide. Cognition, 130, 217-226. doi:10.1016/j.cognition. 2013.11.007.  PDF

Rottman, J. & Kelemen, D. (2014). The morality of martyrdom and the stigma of suicide. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37, 375-6. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X13003476. PDF.

Kelemen, D., Rottman, J. & Seston, R. (2013). Professional physical scientists display tenacious teleological tendencies. Purpose-based reasoning as a cognitive default. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142(4), 1074-1083. PDF

Kelemen, D. (2012). Teleological minds: How natural intuitions about agency and purpose  influence learning about evolution. In K. S. Rosengren, S. K. Brem, E. M. Evans & G. M. Sinatra (Eds.), Evolution challenges: Integrating research and practice in teaching and learning about evolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press. PDF

Rottman, J. & Kelemen, D. (2012). Aliens behaving badly: Children’s acquisition of novel purity-based morals. Cognition, 124, 356–360. PDF

Rottman, J. & Kelemen, D. (2012). Is there such a thing as a Christian child? Evidence of religious beliefs in early childhood. In P. McNamara and W. Wildman (Eds.), Science and the world’s religions: Persons and Groups. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Press. PDF

Kelemen, D., Seston, R. & St. Georges, L. (2012). The designing mind: Children’s reasoning about intended function and artifact structure. Journal of Cognition and Development, 4, 439–453 (NB: Accepted May, 2011. Published online, December, 2011). PDF

Phillips, B., Seston, R. & Kelemen, D. (2012). Learning about tool categories via eavesdropping. Child Development, 83, 2057–2072. PDF

Donovan, E. & Kelemen, D. (2011). Just rewards: Children and adults equate accidental inequity with intentional unfairness. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 11, 137–150. PDF

Dennis, T. A. & Kelemen, D. (2009). Children’s views on emotion regulation: Functional links and implications for socio-emotional adjustment. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 33, 243–252. PDF

Kelemen, D. & Rosset, E. (2009). The Human Function Compunction: Teleological explanation in adults. Cognition, 111, 138–143. PDF

Casler, K. & Kelemen, D. (2008). Developmental continuity in the teleo-functional bias: Reasoning about nature among Romanian Roma adults (Gypsies). Journal of Cognition and Development, 9, 340–362. PDF

DiYanni, C. & Kelemen, D. (2008). Using a bad tool with good intention: Young children’s imitation of adults’ questionable choices. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology: Special Issue on Imitation, 101, 241–261. PDF

Casler, K. & Kelemen, D. (2007). Reasoning about artifacts at 24 months: The developing teleo-functional stance. Cognition, 103, 120–130. PDF

Kelemen, D. & Carey, S. (2007). The essence of artifacts: Developing the design stance. In S. Laurence & E. Margolis (Eds.), Creations of the Mind: Theories of artifacts and their representation. Oxford: Oxford University Press. PDF

Kelemen, D. & Carey, S. (2007). Az artefaktumok (eszközök) esszenciája. A tervezeti hozzáállás kialakulása. Magyar Pszichológiai Szemle, 62, 131–159.

Lombrozo, T., Kelemen, D. & Zaitchik, D. (2007). Inferring design: Evidence of a preference for teleological explanations in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Psychological Science, 18, 999–1006. PDF

Casler, K. & Kelemen, D. (2005). Young children’s rapid learning about artifacts. Developmental Science, 8, 472–480. PDF

DiYanni, C. & Kelemen, D. (2005). Time to get a new mountain? The role of function in children’s conceptions of natural kinds. Cognition, 97, 325–335. PDF

Kelemen, D., Callanan, M., Casler, K. & Pérez-Granados, D. R. (2005). Why things happen: Teleological explanation in parent-child conversations. Developmental Psychology, 41, 251–264.PDF

Kelemen, D. & DiYanni, C. (2005). Intuitions about origins: Purpose and intelligent design in children’s reasoning about nature. Journal of Cognition and Development, 6, 3–31. PDF

Kelemen, D. (2004). Counterintuition, existential anxiety, and religion as a by-product of the designing mind. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 27, 739–740. PDF

Kelemen, D. (2004). Are children “intuitive theists”?: Reasoning about purpose and design in nature. Psychological Science, 15, 295–301. Reprinted in Wilkins, J. S. (Ed.), Intelligent design and religion as a natural phenomenon (2010). Ashgate Press. PDF

Kelemen, D. (2003). British and American children’s preferences for teleological-functional explanations of the natural world. Cognition, 8, 201–221. PDF

Kelemen, D., Widdowson, D., Posner, T., Brown, A. L. & Casler, K. (2003). Teleo-functional constraints on preschool children’s reasoning about living things. Developmental Science, 6, 329–345. PDF

Kelemen, D. (1999). Beliefs about purpose: On the origins of teleological thought. In M. Corballis and S. Lea (Eds.), The Descent of Mind. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kelemen, D. (1999). Functions, goals and intentions: Children’s teleological reasoning about objects. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 12, 461–468. PDF

Kelemen, D. (1999). The scope of teleological thinking in preschool children. Cognition, 70, 241–272. PDF

Kelemen, D. (1999). Why are rocks pointy?: Children’s preference for teleological explanations of the natural world. Developmental Psychology, 35, 1440–1453. PDF

Bloom, P. & Kelemen, D. (1995). Syntactic cues in the acquisition of collective nouns. Cognition, 56, 1–30. PDF

Bloom, P., Kelemen, D., Fountain, A. & Courtney, E. (1995). The acquisition of collective nouns. In D. MacLaughlin and S. McEwen (Eds.), The Proceedings of the 19th Boston University Conference on Language Development. Cascadilla Press.

Bloom, P. & Kelemen, D. (1995). Syntactic and conceptual factors in the acquisition of collective nouns. In E. Clark (Ed.), The Proceedings of the Twenty-Sixth Annual Child Language Research Forum. Stanford: CSLI.

Kelemen, D. & Bloom, P. (1994). Domain-specific knowledge in simple categorization tasks. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 1, 390–395. PDF

Manstead, A. S. R., Parker, D., Stradling, S. G., Reason, J. T., Baxter, J. S. & Kelemen, D. (1992). Perceived consensus in estimates of the prevalence of driving errors and violations. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 22, 509–530.

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