Research Contributions

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In Press

Nancekivell, S. E. & Friedman, O. (in press). I owe you an explanation: Children’s beliefs about when people are obligated to explain their actions. In T. Lombrozo, J. Knobe, & S. Nichols (Eds.), Oxford studies in experimental philosophy (Vol. 3). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman, O. (in press). Spoiled for choice: Identifying the building blocks of folk-economic beliefs. Commentary on Boyer and Peterson in Behavioral and Brain Sciences.


Weatherhead, D.W., & Nancekivell, S.E. (2018). Brungarians use it differently! Children’s understanding of artifact function as a cultural convention. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 18, 89-103.



Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman, O. (2017). She bought the unicorn from the pet store: Six-to-seven-year-olds are strongly inclined to generate natural explanations. Developmental Psychology, 53, 1079-1087.


Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman, O. (2017). “Because it’s hers”: When preschoolers use ownership in their explanations. Cognitive Science, 41, 827-843.



Nancekivell, S.E., Millar, J.C., Summers, P.C., & Friedman, O. (2016). Ownership rights. In J. Sytsma & J.W. Buckwalter (Eds.). A Companion to Experimental Philosophy. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.



Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman O. (2014). Mine, yours, no-one's: Children’s understanding of how ownership affects object use. Developmental Psychology, 50, 1845-1853.


Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman, O. (2014). Preschoolers selectively infer history when explaining outcomes: Evidence from explanations of ownership, liking, and use. Child Development, 85, 1236-1247.



Nancekivell, S.E., Van de Vondervoort, J.W., & Friedman, O. (2013). Young children’s understanding of ownership. Child Development Perspectives, 7, 243-247.