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A Blueprint for Social Cognitive Development.

Authors
  • Olson, Kristina R1
  • Dweck, Carol S2
Type
Published Article
Journal
Perspectives on psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science
Publication Date
May 01, 2008
Volume
3
Issue
3
Pages
193–202
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-6924.2008.00074.x
PMID: 26158935
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The field of social cognitive development (SCD) has historically failed to emerge as a dominant approach in developmental psychology. We take this opportunity to articulate the assumptions, goals, and contributions of SCD with the aim of invigorating research from this perspective. We begin by describing the current landscape of social and cognitive development, suggesting what they have and have not given us. We then outline major goals of the social cognitive developmental approach and walk through examples of successful SCD research. Finally, we examine the unique potential of the social cognitive approach to cross-fertilize social and cognitive development (as well as related fields such as social psychology and neuroscience) and to answer new questions about development.

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