Pretending and Imagination in Animals and Children

Pretending and Imagination in Animals and Children

by Robert W. Mitchell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521283329

ISBN-13: 9780521283328

Pub. Date: 06/16/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book provides an overview of recent research presenting conflicting interpretations of children's understanding of the psychology of pretense and describes sociocultural factors which influence children's pretenses. Studies of nonhuman primates provide examples of their pretenses and other simulative activities, explore their representational and imaginative…  See more details below

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This book provides an overview of recent research presenting conflicting interpretations of children's understanding of the psychology of pretense and describes sociocultural factors which influence children's pretenses. Studies of nonhuman primates provide examples of their pretenses and other simulative activities, explore their representational and imaginative capacities and compare their skills with children. Although the psychological requirements for pretending are controversial, evidence presented in this volume suggests that great apes and even monkeys may share capacities for imagination with children and that children's early pretenses may be less psychological than they appear.

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ISBN-13:
9780521283328
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/16/2011
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Foreword
Preface and acknowledgments
IHistorical, developmental, and comparative overviews
1Imaginative animals, pretending children3
2A history of pretense in animals and children23
3Pretending as representation: a developmental and comparative view43
IIPretense and imagination in children
4Language in pretense during the second year: what it can tell us about "pretending" in pretense and the "know-how" about the mind59
5A longitudinal and cross-sectional study of the emergence of the symbolic function in children between 15 and 19 months of age: pretend play, object permanence understanding, and self-recognition73
6Caregiver-child social pretend play: what transpires?91
7Just through the looking glass: children's understanding of pretense102
8Young children's understanding of pretense and other fictional mental states115
9Pretend play, metarepresentation and theory of mind129
10Replica toys, stories, and a functional theory of mind142
11Young children's animal-role pretend play154
12Imaginary companions and elaborate fantasy in childhood: discontinuity with nonhuman animals167
IIIPretense and imagination in primates
13Pretending in monkeys183
14Pretending primates: play and simulation in the evolution of primate societies196
15Representational capacities for pretense with scale models and photographs in chimpanzees (pan troglodytes)210
16Pretending in free-ranging rehabilitant orangutans229
17Seeing with the mind's eye: eye-covering play in orangutans and Japanese macaques241
18Possible precursors of pretend play in nonpretend actions of captive gorillas (Gorilla gorilla)255
19Pretending culture: social and cognitive features of pretense in apes and humans269
20Empathy in a bonobo280
21Pretend play in a signing gorilla285
IVProspects
22Exploring pretense in animals and children307
References317
Author Index353
Subject Index362

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