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ERIC Number: EJ820549
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0736-8038
How Infants Come to Learn about the Minds of Others
Markova, Gabriella; Legerstee, Maria
Zero to Three, v28 n5 p26-31 May 2008
The ability to understand the thoughts and feelings of others develops remarkably early in infancy. At birth, infants demonstrate an early understanding of the thoughts and feelings of others by sharing emotions with their caregivers. These early affective exchanges subsequently facilitate the development of a more complex awareness of others, such as coordinating and directing the attention of others to interesting things in the world. Thus, the quality of early social relationships plays an important role in guiding the development of how infants understand the minds of others beginning in the earliest months of life.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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