Chapter 4. Social Cognition and Social Motivations in Infancy

  1. Usha Goswami
  1. Malinda Carpenter

Published Online: 15 JUL 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444325485.ch4

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive Development, Second edition

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive Development, Second edition

How to Cite

Carpenter, M. (2010) Social Cognition and Social Motivations in Infancy, in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive Development, Second edition (ed U. Goswami), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444325485.ch4

Editor Information

  1. University of Cambridge, UK

Author Information

  1. Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 AUG 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191166

Online ISBN: 9781444325485

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Keywords:

  • social cognition and social motivations in infancy;
  • social cognition - understanding of others' psychological states;
  • study of what infants and young children - understand about others' minds;
  • understanding of others' knowledge/ignorance;
  • understanding of others' false beliefs;
  • social cognition and motivation - in sharing psychological states with others;
  • sharing attention and attitudes in joint attentional engagement;
  • sharing goals in joint collaborative activities;
  • “joint attention triangle”;
  • humans, from very early in life - sharing experiences and activities with others, and aligning themselves with and being like others

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Social Cognition : Understanding of Others' Psychological States

  • Social Cognition and the Motivation to Share Psychological States with Others

  • Broader Social Motivations

  • Conclusion

  • References