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Sabbagh, Mark A.; Koenig, Melissa A.; Kuhlmeier, Valerie A. – Developmental Science, 2017
Although we can support Heyes' call for more research on mechanisms, we disagree that the problem has been ignored as Heyes suggests. We also doubt that basic learning mechanisms are alone sufficient to account for the broad range of findings in the selective social learning literature. Although phylogenetically shared learning mechanisms must…
Descriptors: Children, Learning Processes, Socialization, Generalization
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Thomas, Michael S. C. – Developmental Science, 2013
Flynn, Laland, Kendal and Kendal's article (this issue) plays a valuable role in two ways. First, it demonstrates how developmental psychology can learn lessons from the latest research on developmental niche construction within evolutionary biology. Secondly, for those psychologists whose main focus is the cognitive mechanisms by which humans…
Descriptors: Developmental Psychology, Biology, Evolution, Cognitive Development
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Li, Shu-Chen – Developmental Science, 2013
Instead of viewing organisms and individuals as passive recipients of their biological, ecological, and cultural inheritances, the developmental niche construction theory and the biocultural co-construction framework both emphasize that the individual's agency plays a key role in regulating how environmental and sociocontextual influences may…
Descriptors: Individual Development, Environment, Change, Theories
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Gauvain, Mary – Developmental Science, 2013
For over 50 years, developmental psychologists have conducted research around the world to understand the relation between culture and cognition. In fact, psychologists have been interested in this topic for over a century. In the late 1800s, Wundt introduced "Elements of Folk Psychology," the study of how culture becomes part of higher…
Descriptors: Developmental Psychology, Inquiry, Cultural Context, Intellectual History
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Downing-Wilson, Deborah; Pelaprat, Etienne; Rosero, Ivan; Vadeboncoeur, Jennifer; Packer, Martin; Cole, Michael – Developmental Science, 2013
The authors share the belief that there is great potential for developmental science in bringing the ideas of Niche Construction Theory (NCT), as developed in evolutionary biology, into conversation with Vygotskian-inspired theories such as cultural-historical and activity theories, distributed cognition, and embodied cognition, although from…
Descriptors: Developmental Psychology, Cultural Context, Fundamental Concepts, Individual Development
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Kuhlmeier, Valerie A.; Robson, Scott J. – Developmental Science, 2012
This commentary article is to be published alongside: Hernik, M., & Southgate, V. (2012). Do 9-month-old infants construe the direct reach and grasp of a single object, sitting alone on a table, as a goal-directed action? Based on their current findings and a previous study, Hernik and Southgate (this issue) make the rather surprising suggestion…
Descriptors: Infants, Social Cognition, Goal Orientation, Efficiency
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Luo, Yuyan; Choi, You-jung – Developmental Science, 2012
This commentary article is to be published alongside: Hernik, M., & Southgate, V. (2012). What do infants know about agents' goals? The authors see this issue consisting of two closely related questions. First, what is an agent to infants? Second, how do infants attribute goals to agents? Hernik and Southgage (H&S) focused on the second question.…
Descriptors: Infants, Social Cognition, Goal Orientation, Preferences
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Biro, Szilvia – Developmental Science, 2012
This commentary article is to be published alongside: Hernik, M., & Southgate, V. (2012). The author puts forward two points concerning the paper by Hernik and Southgate (this issue). She will discuss first how and why the converging findings of recent studies, including the one by Hernik and Southgate, extend knowledge about the nature of…
Descriptors: Infants, Social Cognition, Goal Orientation, Expectation
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Hernik, Mikolaj; Southgate, Victoria – Developmental Science, 2012
This reply article is to be published alongside: Hernik, M., & Southgate, V. (2012). This is a response to the commentaries on Hernik and Southgate (2012) by Biro (2012), Kuhlmeier and Robson (2012) and Luo and Choi (2012). Both L&C and K&R reject the authors' conclusion that an absence of a Woodward-effect in some single-object versions of the…
Descriptors: Infants, Social Cognition, Expectation, Goal Orientation
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Bialystok, Ellen – Developmental Science, 2009
Morton and Harper (2007 ) argue that research presented in support of a bilingual advantage in the development of executive control has been confounded with social class, the actual mechanism for group differences. As evidence, they report a study in which a small group of monolingual and bilingual 6- and 7-year-olds performed similarly on a Simon…
Descriptors: Hypothesis Testing, Children, Reaction Time, Responses
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Kuhl, Patricia K. – Developmental Science, 2007
I advance the hypothesis that the earliest phases of language acquisition--the developmental transition from an initial universal state of language processing to one that is language-specific--requires social interaction. Relating human language learning to a broader set of neurobiological cases of communicative development, I argue that the…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction, Brain, Language Processing
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Shultz, Thomas R. – Developmental Science, 2007
This commentary reviews five articles that apply Bayesian ideas to psychological development, some with psychology experiments, some with computational modeling, and some with both experiments and modeling. The reviewed work extends the current Bayesian revolution into tasks often studied in children, such as causal learning and word learning, and…
Descriptors: Psychology, Bayesian Statistics, Experiments, Modeling (Psychology)