Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Interpretation based on richness of experience: Theory development from a social-constructivist perspective

Arlene S. Walker-Andrews a1 and Judith A. Hudson a1
a1 Department of Psychology, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8020


The view that children's understanding of mind is constructed through social interaction is consistent with other social-constructivist models. We provide examples of similar claims in research on emotion perception, pretense understanding, autobiographical memory, and event knowledge. Identification of common elements from such socio-cultural perspectives may lead to greater theoretical integration and provide a new framework for exploring human development.