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Navigating the Social World: What Infants, Children, and Other Species Can Teach Us

Mahzarin R. Banaji and Susan A. Gelman


Navigating the social world requires sophisticated cognitive machinery that, although present quite early in crude forms, undergoes significant change across the lifespan. This book reports on evidence that has accumulated on an unprecedented scale, showing us what capacities for social cognition are present at birth and early in life, and how these capacities develop through learning in the first years of life. The book highlights what is known about the discoveries themselves but also what these discoveries imply about the nature of early social cognition and the methods that have allowed th ... More

Keywords: social world, cognition, birth, early life, phylogeny, ontogeny, babies, children, language, category knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199890712
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199890712.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mahzarin R. Banaji, editor
Department of Psychology, Harvard University

Susan A. Gelman, editor
University of Michigan

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1.3 Core Social Cognition

Emily P. Bernier, Elizabeth S. Spelke, and Amy E. Skerry

1.4 Core Cognition of Social Relations

Lotte Thomsen, and Susan Carey

1.6 The Evolution of Concepts About Agents

Robert M. Seyfarth, and Dorothy L. Cheney

1.8 Teleological Understanding of Actions

Gergely Csibra, and György Gergely

1.9 How Universals and Individual Differences Can Inform Each Other

Carol S. Dweck, Susan C. Johnson, and Kristen A. Dunfield

1.11 Emotion and Learning

Seth D. Pollak

1.13 Social Evaluation

Gail D. Heyman

2.3 Why Don’t Apes Understand False Beliefs?

Michael Tomasello, and Henrike Moll

2.4 False-Belief Understanding and Why it Matters

Zijing He, Peipei Setoh, Rose M. Scott, Stephanie Sloane, Renée Baillargeon, and Daniel Y.-J. Yang

2.8 How Real Is the Imaginary?

Marjorie Taylor, and Naomi R. Aguiar

2.9 Social Engagement Does Not Lead to Social Cognition

Helen Tager-Flusberg, and Daniela Plesa Skwerer

3.1 Natural Pedagogy

György Gergely, and Gergely Csibra

3.2 A Comparison of Neonatal Imitation Abilities in Human and Macaque Infants

Pier F. Ferrari, Annika Paukner, and Stephen J. Suomi

3.3 Origins of Social Cognition

Andrew N. Meltzoff

3.5 Social Cognition

Andrew Whiten

3.10 Preschoolers Are Selective Word Learners

Mark A. Sabbagh, and Annette M. E. Henderson

3.11 Culture-Gene Coevolutionary Theory and Children’s Selective Social Learning

Patricia Brosseau-Liard, Susan Birch, Maciej Chudek, and Joseph Henrich

4.1 The Gaze of Others

Philippe Rochat

4.3 Status Seeking

Charles W. Kalish

4.4 Reputation Is Everything

Vivian Li, Alex W. Shaw, and Kristina R. Olson

4.5 Understanding Expertise

Judith H. Danovitch

4.6 Respectful Deference

Paul L. Harris, and Kathleen H. Corriveau

4.7 Children’s Understanding of Unreliability

Melissa A. Koenig, and Sabine Doebel

4.8 Biased to Believe

Vikram K. Jaswal

5.1 What Is Group Psychology?

David Pietraszewski

5.3 Essentialism

Gil Diesendruck

5.5 From Categories to Exemplars (and Back Again)

Yarrow Dunham, and Juliane Degner

5.7 On the Developmental Origins of Differential Responding to Social Category Information

Gizelle Anzures, Kang Lee, Olivier Pascalis, Alan Slater, Paul C. Quinn, and James W. Tanaka

5.9 Is Gender Special?

Kristin Shutts

5.11 Bringing the Cognitive and the Social Together

Cindy Faith Miller, Carol Lynn Martin, Richard A. Fabes, and Laura D. Hanish

5.13 The Study of Lay Theories

Luisa Ramírez, Lisa Rosenthal, Sheri R. Levy, and Dina M. Karafantis

5.14 Social Acumen

Drew Nesdale

5.16 What Are They Thinking?

Frances E. Aboud

6.5 Becoming a Moral Relativist

Kang Lee, and Angela Evans

6.8 Morality, Intentionality, and Exclusion

Aline Hitti, Kelly Lynn Mulvey, and Melanie Killen

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