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Psychology - Cognitive Psychology | Origins of the Social Mind - Evolutionary and Developmental Views

Origins of the Social Mind

Evolutionary and Developmental Views

Itakura, Shoji, Fujita, Kazuo (Eds.)

2008

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During the ? rst few years of life, children acquire knowledge about the relati- ships between their own mental states, their actions, and the social world. This information is then used to understand themselves and others. Humans are born into families, where they are raised and learn to cooperate, compete, and c- municate. We are social creatures, and over the course of development, we learn about people, relationships, social systems, and others’ minds. In addition, not only do we live socially, we think socially as well. However, human adults are not the only creatures to live and think socially. In recent years, sophisticated expe- ments have provided new information about social cognition in human infants and nonhuman animals. In this book, we focus on the developmental and evolutionary origins of the social mind, bringing together the currently segregated views on social cognition in the two ? elds. Ever since the term “theory of mind” was coined by D. Premack nearly 30 years ago, the concept has been the main topic of social cognition research both in developmental psychology and in primatology. However, few attempts have been made to integrate these two research domains. Just recently, researchers from the two areas collaborated to publish a book on this topic, but the volume was little more than a collection of independent papers. This book overcomes that limitation by presenting new data and their implications from both developmental and evolutionary points of view.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Development - Evolution - Mind - Social cognition - Theory of mind - cognition - intelligence

Related subjects » Behavioral Sciences - Biomedical Sciences - Cognitive Psychology - Psychology, general

Table of contents 

Preface Part I: Phylogeny of Social Cognition 1 Social Intelligence in Capuchin Monkeys (Cebus apella) Kazuo Fujita, Hika Kuroshima, Yuko Hattori, and Makoto Takahashi 2 Communication Between Mother and Infant Chimpanzees and Its Role in the Evolution of Social Intelligence Satoshi Hirata 3 Primates’ Use of Others’ Gaze James R. Anderson and Sarah-Jane Vick 4 How to Build a Scrub-Jay that Reads Minds Nathan J. Emery and Nicola S. Clayton 5 Cooperation in Keas: Social and Cognitive Factors Ludwig Huber, Gyula K. Gajdon, Ira Federspiel, and Dagmar Werdenich Part II: Ontogeny of Social Cognition 6 Differences Between Acting as if One Is Experiencing Pain and Acting as if One Is Pretending to Have Pain Among Actors at Three Expertise Levels Hanae Ando and Masuo Koyasu 7 Homo Negotiatus: Ontogeny of the Unique Ways Humans Own, Share and Reciprocate Philippe Rochat and Cláudia Passos Ferreira 8 Little Liars: Origins of Verbal Deception in Children Victoria Talwar and Kang Lee 9 Discovering Mind: Development of Mentalizing in Human Children Shoji Itakura, Mako Okanda, and Yusuke Moriguchi Emergence of the Social Mind: Two Perspectives Shoji Itakura Subject Index

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