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Acquiring a Conception of Mind : A Review of Psychological Research and Theory - Peter Mitchell

Acquiring a Conception of Mind

A Review of Psychological Research and Theory

Paperback Published: 1st January 1997
ISBN: 9780863777370
Number Of Pages: 230

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It seems the mind has evolved into such a powerful form that we are able to go beyond knowing the world and move towards knowing the mind itself. Being able to comprehend the mind permits smooth social interaction, since it allows us to anticipate the future actions of those around us. The apparently effortless quality of social co-ordination belies the complex process of conceptualization and inference that is actually at work. The odyssey of childhood, especially in the early years, presents a topic for investigation and speculation.
A purpose of this book is to provide a thoroughly readable in-depth review of recent findings and theories about the development of understanding mind. In preparing this, a major goal was seen as composing text that is appealing in itself as a piece of writing. This book covers development from infancy to adulthood, and also considers related disorders of development especially autism. It goes beyond the narrow focus on the preschool years typical of most writings on the topic.
One of the main themes in the book concerns the role of language and communication in development. Language could serve as a tool that helps the child to think more in the abstract and the hypothetical, once removed from reality. Being able to communicate with language virtually means that we are able to hear the thoughts of those around us. We hear what they think from what they say. Communication could thus provide a major catalyst in promoting the development of an understanding of mind. Perhaps it is no coincidence that children with autism who supposedly have an impaired understanding of mind also have impairments in language and communication.

Understanding mindsp. 1
Children's pretencep. 17
Children's awareness of mental phenomenap. 37
Children's deceptionp. 55
Children's early language and communicationp. 75
Further developments in language and communicationp. 95
Young children's difficulty with false belief: A conceptual shift in the development of thinking?p. 119
The reality masking hypothesis: The idea of a smooth developmental progressionp. 135
Psychopathology and the development of an understanding of mindp. 165
Communication and thinking: Autistic and normal developmentp. 187
Referencesp. 211
Author indexp. 225
Subject indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9780863777370
ISBN-10: 0863777376
Series: Essays in Developmental Psychology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 1st January 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.39  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1