Social Experience as a Source of Information About Mental Events

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Social influences on children’s metacognitive knowledge are considered. Learning about cognitive activities takes place in social contexts, and knowledge of cognitive activities often is used for social purposes and is manifested through social acts. Socio-cultural theories emphasize intersubjectivity during social interaction as a mechanism of cognitive development. In this chapter, learning about the mind via observation, conversation, and formal education are discussed. Although there have been few studies relevant to social influences on children’s understanding of cognitive activities, many studies have examined social influences on young children’s understanding of belief and emotion. This literature is summarized briefly. Implications for social influences on children’s understanding of cognition are considered, and the possibility of cultural differences in the development of children’s understanding of cognitive activities is discussed


Parenting Style Cognitive Activity Deaf Child Metacognitive Knowledge False Belief Task 
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