1. Social cognition
    how children come to understand their multifaceted social world
  2. Trends of cognitive development
    - proceeds from concrete to abstract(noticing observable characteristics then awarness of internal processes)

    -social cogniton becomes better organized with age

    -children revise their ideas about the causes of behavior(from simple one sided to complex interactions that account for both person and situation

    -social cognition moves toward metacognitive understanding
  3. Categorical Self
    classification of oneself on the basis of agae , sex, physical characteristics, and even goodness and badness
  4. Remembered self
    The life-story the child generates about himself
  5. enduring self
    achild's veiw of themselves as persisting over time
  6. inner Self
    one's private thougths and imaginings
  7. Desire theory of mind
    thought that ppl alway act in ways consistent with their desires and don't understand that less obvious , more interpretive mental states such as beliefs also effect behavior
  8. Belief-desire Theroy of mind
    thought that both beliefs and desires determine actions and understanding the relationship between these inner states
  9. Factors Contributing to young children's theory of mind
    • 1. Language : abilty to reflect thought
    • 2. Cognitive Abilities : ability to predict false belief
    • 3. Security of Attachment and Maternal mind-mindness : securely attached babies; expose infants tolanguage about their own mental lives
    • 4. Make-believe play : acting out roles to imagine and express thoughts and emotions of characters they protray
    • 5. Social interaction : preschoolers with siblings
  10. Self concept
    the set of attributes , abilities, attitudes, and values that an individual believes defines who he or she is
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