The Development of Social Cognition: The Child As Psychologist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898625974
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 5.83 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on the contributors
Preface and acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
1.1 Viewing the layperson as psychologist or scientist 1
1.2 Social cognition in developmental psychology: a thumbnail sketch 7
1.3 The conceptual tools of the everyday psychologist 11
2 Children's understanding of mind 26
2.1 Understanding what? 26
2.2 What understanding? 33
2.3 So what? 44
3 Understanding of emotion 62
3.1 The early years 62
3.2 The development of an early theory of emotion: cognitive elements 66
3.3 The development of an early theory of emotion: social elements 68
3.4 Strategic control of emotions 72
3.5 Conclusions: accessibility and flexibility 79
4 Understanding of personality and dispositions 87
4.2 Traits 89
4.3 Personality 95
4.4 The significance of changing conceptions of personality 99
4.5 Theoretical debates and future directions 105
5 Understanding of social rules 111
5.2 Domains of social rules 112
5.3 Development of children's rule knowledge 120
5.4 Children's understanding of social rules in different contexts 126
5.5 Rule understanding in special populations 133
6 Understanding events: the development of script knowledge 142
6.2 The acquisition and development of script knowledge 145
6.3 How children use script knowledge 153
6.4 Scripts and cognitive development: conclusions and new directions 162
7 The child as sociologist: the childhood development of implicit theories of role categories and social organization 168
7.1 Introduction: the requirements for interactive competence 168
7.2 Background to research 169
7.3 Research on children's understanding of social structure 172
7.4 Theoretical accounts: cognitive development or social transmission? 177
7.5 Summary and conclusions: the child as sociologist 186
8 Developing psychologies 191
8.1 The developmental significance of understanding others 191
8.2 The cognitive agenda 193
8.3 The social agenda 196
8.4 The child as psychologist 198
Name index 201
Subject index 206
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