Developing Theories of Intention: Social Understanding and Self-Control

Philip David Zelazo, Janet Wilde Astington, David R. Olson

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The chapters collected in this volume represent the “state-of-the-art” of research on the development of intentional action and intentional understanding--topics that are at the intersection of current research on imitation, early understanding of mental states, goal-directed behavior in nonhuman animals, executive function, language acquisition, and narrative understanding, to name just a few of the relevant foci. Collectively, the contributors demonstrate that intentionality is a key issue in the cognitive and social sciences. Moreover, in a way that was anticipated more than a century ago by the seminal work of J. Mark Baldwin, they are beginning to reveal how the control of action is related in development to children’s emerging self-conscious and their increasingly sophisticated appreciation of other people’s perspectives. This volume brings together the world’s leading researchers on early social and cognitive development in an in-depth exploration of children’s understanding of themselves and others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages358
ISBN (Electronic)9781000940138
ISBN (Print)9780805831412
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023
Externally publishedYes

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