Developing Theories of Intention: Social Understanding and Self-Control

Synopsis

The chapters collected in this volume represent the "state-of-the-art" of research on the development of intentional action and intentional understanding--topics that are at the intersection of current research on imitation, early understanding of mental states, goal-directed behavior in nonhuman animals, executive function, language acquisition, and narrative understanding, to name just a few of the relevant foci. Collectively, the contributors demonstrate that intentionality is a key issue in the cognitive and social sciences. Moreover, in a way that was anticipated more than a century ago by the seminal work of J. Mark Baldwin, they are beginning to reveal how the control of action is related in development to children's emerging self-conscious and their increasingly sophisticated appreciation of other people's perspectives.

This volume brings together the world's leading researchers on early social and cognitive development in an in-depth exploration of children's understanding of themselves and others.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Janet Wilde Astington
  • Philip David Zelazo
  • Chris Moore
  • Michael Tomasello
  • Michael Lewis
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Mahwah, NJ
Publication year:
  • 1999