Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Constructing an understanding of mind with peers

Stephanie Zerwas a1, Geetha Balaraman a1 and Celia Brownell a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260


Carpendale & Lewis (C&L) stress the importance of social interaction for social understanding, but focus on the adult-child relationship. In the present commentary, we discuss the development of social understanding within early peer relationships. We argue that peer interaction stretches the limits of early social understanding, thereby providing both unique challenges and unique opportunities for constructing an understanding of others' minds.