Psych 105-ucsb-fall-2011-lecture 6-ch 07_Theory_of_mind_new

Psych 105-ucsb-fall-2011-lecture 6-ch 07_Theory_of_mind_new...

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1 Conceptual Development Children‟s understanding of the social world Overview: Foundations of social understanding … understanding other people‟s mental states (desires, beliefs, knowledge, pretense etc). Early understanding: imitation of simple gestures in newborns understanding goals, simple desires, imitation of intended actions pretence Competence and performance in understanding false beliefs Everyday mind-reading Does not know both cups contain iocaine powder Wants to avoid the poison cup Thinks (falsely) Wesley only poisoned his own cup Pretends to see something behind Wesley Chooses the cup in front of him Did not see (therefore does not know) Vizzini switched the cups. Thinks (correctly) that Vizzini does not know that both cups are poisoned Does not have a desire as to which cup he drinks from Foundations (contingent social interactions): Imitation. Form of social interaction based on contingency. This is a pivotal social capacity, and we are really good at recognizing it. This begins very early in life…. simple imitation of facial gestures from birth . (Shown in non human primates too . . hinting at the evolutionary origins of social abilities).
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