Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Individualism and cognitive development

Philip Gerrans a1
a1 Department of Philosophy, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia


Individualism is not inconsistent with social interaction; it is required to explain it. Social exchanges, evidenced in gaze monitoring, social referencing, emotional responses, protodeclarative and imperative pointing, pretence, play, and conversation all play a role in development, but the nature of that role is opaque without an understanding of the cognitive mechanisms on which they depend.