ERIC Number: EJ1007409
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
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Reference Count: 99
Understanding Infants' and Children's Social Learning about Foods: Previous Research and New Prospects
Shutts, Kristin; Kinzler, Katherine D.; DeJesus, Jasmine M.
Developmental Psychology, v49 n3 p419-425 Mar 2013
Developmental psychologists have devoted significant attention to investigating how children learn from others' actions, emotions, and testimony. Yet most of this research has examined children's socially guided learning about artifacts. The present article focuses on a domain that has received limited attention from those interested in the development of social cognition: food. We begin by reviewing the available literature on infants' and children's development in the food domain and identify situations in which children evidence both successes and failures in their interactions with foods. We focus specifically on the role that other people play in guiding what children eat and argue that understanding patterns of successes and failures in the food domain requires an appreciation of eating as a social phenomenon. We next propose a series of questions for future research and suggest that examining food selection as a social phenomenon can shed light on mechanisms underlying children's learning from others and provide ideas for promoting healthy social relationships and eating behaviors early in development.
Descriptors: Socialization, Social Cognition, Developmental Psychology, Infants, Social Development, Child Development, Food, Eating Habits
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