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 arlenewa@rci.rutgers.edu jhudson@rci.rutgers.edu http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~arlenewa/ http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~jhudson/

Abstract

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.