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The Cultural Origins of Human Cognition / Edition 1

The Cultural Origins of Human Cognition / Edition 1

by Michael Tomasello


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ISBN-13: 9780674005822
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 03/28/2001
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Michael Tomasello is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. From 1998 to 2018 he was Co-Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, and in 2017 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His scientific work has been recognized by institutions around the world, including the Guggenheim Foundation, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Netherlands, and the German National Academy of Sciences.

Table of Contents

1. A Puzzle and a Hypothesis

2. Biological and Cultural Inheritance

3. Joint Attention and Cultural Learning

4. Linguistic Communication and Symbolic Representation

5. Linguistic Constructions and Event Cognition

6. Discourse and Representational Redescription

7. Cultural Cognition



What People are Saying About This

A powerful and coherent synthesis, and the best formulation of cultural psychology we've yet had.

Michael Cole

Michael Cole, Professor of Communication and Psychology and Director of the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition, University of California at San Diego
Tomasello is one of the very few scholars who works at the intersection of the phylogenetic, cultural-historical, and ontogenetic contributions to development. His studies linking non-human primate development to the development of human infants are exciting and compelling. He has done the study of human development a great service with the publication of this book.

Katherine Nelson

Katherine Nelson, Distinguished Professor of Developmental Psychology, City University of New York
A much needed book that covers a broad territory with both clarity and authority. Having spent much of his career comparing human and nonhuman primate cognition, Michael Tomasello makes the case for a social developmental foundation of the unique capacities of the human primate language, complex cognition, and culture. His ontogenetic 'ratchet hypothesis' is both simple and provocative. It will be welcomed and argued about by a wide audience.

Jerome Bruner

Jerome Bruner, New York University
A powerful and coherent synthesis, and the best formulation of cultural psychology we've yet had.

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