Origins of the Social Mind

Evolutionary and Developmental Views

Editors: Itakura, Shoji, Fujita, Kazuo (Eds.)

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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.

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"Origins of the Social Mind is a collection of papers that unites the latest empirical findings and conceptual insights from cognitive development, and primate and avian cognition, written by some of the leading researchers in the respective fields. … The chapters are organized into two parts. … Overall, Shoji Itakura and Kazuo Fujita edited a valuable, interesting book. Its comprehensiveness and the novelty of the research ensure its appeal to anyone with a vested interest in the question of how the social mind develops." (Henrike Moll, Primates, Vol. 50, 2009)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Social Intelligence in Capuchin Monkeys (Cebus apella)

    Fujita, Kazuo (et al.)

    Pages 3-20

  • Communication Between Mother and Infant Chimpanzees and Its Role in the Evolution of Social Intelligence

    Hirata, Satoshi

    Pages 21-38

  • Primates’ Use of Others’ Gaze

    Anderson, James R. (et al.)

    Pages 39-64

  • How to Build a Scrub-Jay that Reads Minds

    Emery, Nathan J. (et al.)

    Pages 65-97

  • Cooperation in Keas: Social and Cognitive Factors

    Huber, Ludwig (et al.)

    Pages 99-119

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eBook $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-4-431-99835-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Origins of the Social Mind
Book Subtitle
Evolutionary and Developmental Views
Editors
  • Shoji Itakura
  • Kazuo Fujita
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Tokyo
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-75179-3
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-75179-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-4-431-75178-6
Softcover ISBN
978-4-431-99835-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 211
Number of Illustrations and Tables
47 b/w illustrations
Topics