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Social Cognitive Development

  1. Kristina R. Olson1,
  2. Kristin Shutts2

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0886

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Olson, K. R. and Shutts, K. 2010. Social Cognitive Development. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Yale University

  2. 2

    Harvard University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Social cognitive development (SCD) is a field of psychology that is concerned with the origins and development of representations and processes involved in social thought and interactions. Topics of study in social cognitive development are diverse and include theory of mind, social preferences and attitudes, relationships, aggression, morality, and prosocial behavior.


  • social cognition;
  • developmental psychology;
  • origins