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Pretending and Imagination in Animals and Children - Robert W. Mitchell

Pretending and Imagination in Animals and Children

By: Robert W. Mitchell (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 8th April 2002
ISBN: 9780521770309
Number Of Pages: 392

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This book provides an overview of recent research presenting conflicting interpretations of children's understanding of the psychology of pretense and describes sociocultural factors which influence children's pretenses. Studies of nonhuman primates provide examples of their pretenses and other simulative activities, explore their representational and imaginative capacities and compare their skills with children. Although the psychological requirements for pretending are controversial, evidence presented in this volume suggests that great apes and even monkeys may share capacities for imagination with children and that children's early pretenses may be less psychological than they appear.

'This is a stimulating book. You will find (i) essays of straightforward data whose relation to the larger issues raised seems unclear, (ii) ideas that stimulate your own 'imagination', (iii) detailed statements by some of the better known human researchers of chimpanzees and gorillas, and (iv) how the clever methodologies used to study human children can be appropriated for work with non-human primates.' Ethology

Foreword
Preface and acknowledgements
Historical, Developmental and Comparative Overviews
Imaginative animals, pretending children
A history of pretense in animals and children
Pretending as representation: a developmental and comparative view
Pretense and Imagination in Children
Language in pretense in the second year: what it can tell us about 'pretending' in pretense and the 'know-how' about the mind
A longitudinal and cross-sectional study of the emergence of the symbolic function in children between 15 and 19 months of age: pretend play, object permanence understanding and self-recognition
Caregiver-child social pretend play: what transpires?
Just through the looking-glass: children's understanding of pretense
Young children's understanding of pretense and other fictional mental states
Pretend play, metarepresentation and theory of mind
Replica toys, stories and a functional theory of mind
Young children's animal-role pretend play
Imaginary companions and elaborate fantasy in childhood: discontinuity with nonhuman animals
Pretense and Imagination in Primates
Pretending in monkeys
Pretending primates: play and simulation in the evolution of primate societies
Representational capacities for pretense with scale models and photographs in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)
Pretending in free-ranging rehabilitant orangutans
Seeing with the mind's eye: eye-covering play in orangutans and Japanese macaques
Possible precursors of pretend play in nonpretend actions of captive gorillas (Gorilla gorilla)
Pretending culture: social and cognitive features of pretense in apes and humans
Empathy in a bonobo
Pretend play in a signalling gorilla
Prospects
Exploring pretense in animals and children
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521770309
ISBN-10: 0521770300
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 8th April 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.74