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Steven Pinker - Learning and language



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Steven Arthur Pinker (born September 18, 1954) is a Canadian-born experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist, and popular science author. He is a Harvard College Professor and the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, and is known for his advocacy of evolutionary psychology and the computational theory of mind.

Pinker's academic specializations are visual cognition and psycholinguistics. His experimental subjects include mental imagery, shape recognition, visual attention, children's language development, regular and irregular phenomena in language, the neural bases of words and grammar, and the psychology of innuendo and euphemism.

He published two technical books which proposed a general theory of language acquisition and applied it to children's learning of verbs.

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Steven Pinker – Words and Rules

Vocabulary growth, the first word combinations and the rate of making past tense errors are all in tighter lock step in identical twins than in fraternal twins. Every bit of content is learned, but the system doing the learning works by a logic innately specified

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Being one of twins



Steven is the author of six books for a general audience: The Language Instinct (1994), How the Mind Works (1997), Words and Rules (2000), The Blank Slate (2002), The Stuff of Thought (2007), and The Better Angels of Our Nature (2011).