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ERIC Number: EJ915171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0736-8038
Reading Minds: How Infants Come to Understand Others
Gopnik, Alison; Seiver, Elizabeth
Zero to Three (J), v30 n2 p28-32 Nov 2009
Navigating the social world is an extraordinarily difficult and complex task. How do we think about other people's minds, and how do we come to infer other people's intentions from their actions? Developmental psychologists have shown that even very young infants are attuned to the emotions of those around them, imitate facial expressions and actions, and have an understanding of the concept of love. Toddlers and very young children can imitate an adult's goals instead of mimicking her actions, demonstrate empathy, and understand that other people's desires, preferences, and beliefs may differ from their own. The authors discuss recent research findings examining the developmental trajectory from infancy to young childhood of understanding other people's minds.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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