Shared intentionality.

Published

Journal Article

We argue for the importance of processes of shared intentionality in children's early cognitive development. We look briefly at four important social-cognitive skills and how they are transformed by shared intentionality. In each case, we look first at a kind of individualistic version of the skill -- as exemplified most clearly in the behavior of chimpanzees -- and then at a version based on shared intentionality -- as exemplified most clearly in the behavior of human 1- and 2-year-olds. We thus see the following transformations: gaze following into joint attention, social manipulation into cooperative communication, group activity into collaboration, and social learning into instructed learning. We conclude by highlighting the role that shared intentionality may play in integrating more biologically based and more culturally based theories of human development.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tomasello, M; Carpenter, M

Published Date

  • January 1, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 121 - 125

PubMed ID

  • 17181709

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17181709

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1467-7687

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1363-755X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2007.00573.x

Language

  • eng