Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Individualism and cognitive development

Philip Gerrans a1
a1 Department of Philosophy, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia [email protected]


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.