On the Social Development of the Intellect

  • Willem Doise


Why and how do children of the human species become intelligent, at least generally, during the first years of their existence? In the first part of this paper, we would like to show how the response to this question has been formulated in terms of social psychology, but without applying social psychological investigative methods to explicate the response. As it were, the social role in cognitive development is frequently accepted as a postulate. In the second part of this chapter, we would like to show that psychological experimentation permits illustrating, if not verifying, some characteristics of the manner in which social factors intervene in cognitive development.


Social Interaction Social Development Cognitive Development Social Facilitation Dialectical Materialism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Willem Doise
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  1. 1.Faculty of Psychology and the Educational SciencesUniversity of GenevaGeneva 4Switzerland

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