Development of Cognition, Affect, and Social Relations

Development of Cognition, Affect, and Social Relations

Development of Cognition, Affect, and Social Relations

Development of Cognition, Affect, and Social Relations

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The 13th annual Minnesota Symposium on Child Psychology was held in Minneapolis on October 26-28, 1978. As has been the tradition in this series, six developmental scholars were invited to present their work within the programmatic perspective in which it was conceived. Although in most years the contributors have been drawn from a variety of areas of developmental study, the contributors to this volume work within the area of developmental social psychology, encompassing the range of problems surrounding the development of social relations, social cognition, and affective systems.

This focus is one that has stimulated remarkable activity and diversity in recent years. The decade of the 1970s has seen a resurgence of interest in the study of emotion in both social and developmental psychology. Developmental studies of social cognition have also burgeoned, partly as an outgrowth of cognitive-developmental influences generally and partly because of increasing cognitive emphases within social psychology. Even studies of childhood social relations, which constitute a rich tradition in child psychology, have shown new vigor from the infusion of theoretical perspectives from evolutionary theory and a renewed respect for the methods and value of observational research.

By and large, however, these remarkable trends have occurred in parallel; and the choice of a focus on developmental social psychology in this volume partly reflects the need for cognitive, affective, and social-relations perspectives to be brought together into a more inclusive, coherent view of social development. Although the symposium could not be expected to achieve an integration of this sort in itself, it was hoped that the juxtaposition of chapters about current significant research on social, cognitive, and . . .

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