Psyc317 Lec 23 Notes

Psyc317 Lec 23 Notes - Psyc317 Lec 23 Notes: Understanding...

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Psyc317 Lec 23 Notes: Understanding Intentions 05/12/2007 23:54:00 Critique of cognitive readiness accounts Epidemiological o Too cognitive, not constraining enough Pedagogy o Too much reading Reaffirming the “social” Children instinctively interpret people’s behaviors in terms of intentions,  desires, and knowledge This interpretive tendency allows them to deconstruct actions in terms of  goals and meanings This deconstruction allows them to acquire forms that are arbitrary, non-trivial,  and symbolic, like culture Two variants: shared intentionality and assumption of conventionality Intentions determine  what  is being named Gaze-direction in discrepant labeling Objects that are intentionally made salient by a speaker Intentions influence how something is named Intentional story vs. accidental story Intentions determine what something is Intentions determine how something is used Intentional (there!) vs. Accidental (oops!) use
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Intentions influence children’s understanding of models Shared intentionality (Tomasello) The understanding and acquisition of cultural symbols requires a capacity to  interpret people’s intentions Human infants have sophisticated capacity to “read” others’ intentions and  goals Certain apes have that capacity too, but only humans have a 
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