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Origins of human communication
Winner, 2009 Eleanor Maccoby Book Award in Developmental Psychology, presented by the American Psychological Association. and Honorable Mention, Literature, Language & Linguistics category, 2008Expand
Understanding and sharing intentions: The origins of cultural cognition
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It is argued and present evidence that great apes understand the basics of intentional action, but they still do not participate in activities involving joint intentions and attention (shared intentionality), and children's skills of shared intentionality develop gradually during the first 14 months of life. Expand
Does the chimpanzee have a theory of mind? 30 years later
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The conclusion for the moment is that chimpanzees understand others in terms of a perception-goal psychology, as opposed to a full-fledged, human-like belief-desire psychology. Expand
Social cognition, joint attention, and communicative competence from 9 to 15 months of age.
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It was found that two measures--the amount of time infants spent in joint engagement with their mothers and the degree to which mothers used language that followed into their infant's focus of attention--predicted infants' earliest skills of gestural and linguistic communication. Expand
Joint attention as social cognition.
Constructing a Language: A Usage-Based Theory of Language Acquisition
Drawing together a vast body of empirical research in cognitive science, linguistics, and developmental psychology, Michael Tomasello demonstrates that we don't need a self-contained "languageExpand
Do young children have adult syntactic competence?
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The framework of an alternative, usage-based theory of child language acquisition - relying explicitly on new models from Cognitive-Functional Linguistics - is presented, finding that most of children's early linguistic competence is item based, and therefore their language development proceeds in a piecemeal fashion with virtually no evidence of any system-wide syntactic categories, schemas, or parameters. Expand
The Cultural Origins of Human Cognition
This work builds a bridge between evolutionary theory and cultural psychology. The author is one of very few people to have done systematic research on the cognitive capacities of both nonhumanExpand
Altruistic Helping in Human Infants and Young Chimpanzees
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It is shown that human children as young as 18 months of age quite readily help others to achieve their goals in a variety of different situations, which requires both an understanding of others' goals and an altruistic motivation to help. Expand
The Domestication of Social Cognition in Dogs
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It is found that wolves who were raised by humans do not show these same skills, whereas domestic dog puppies only a few weeks old, even those that have had little human contact, do show these skills. Expand
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