Piaget, Evolution, and Development

Edited by Jonas Langer, Melanie Killen

© 1998 – Psychology Press

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About the Book

Based on the 25th Anniversary Symposium of the Jean Piaget Society, this book represents cutting-edge work on the mechanisms of cognitive, social, and cultural development. The authors-anthropologists, biologists, historians of science, paleontologists, and psychologists-believe that a rebirth is in progress relating to the study of these mental developments. This volume seeks to illuminate this rebirth.

The varied findings and approaches reported reveal that contemporary comparative research on mental development is in a phase of differentiation and integration. Far from being global and fused, this comparative study is a flowering field of diverse disciplinary approaches, empirical phenomena, scholarly topics, and theoretical perspectives. It focuses on the comparative phylogeny, ontogeny, and history of mentation-most notably on the comparative onset and offset ages, velocity, extent, sequencing, organization of thought, symbol, and value development. The world's leading authorities on the subject discuss the implications of the study of evolution for our models of the ontogenetic origins, development, and history of mentation, as well as determine the constraints that evolution imposes on mental development. Bringing the current interest in primate cognition to bear on studies of cognitive development in humans, this book will be of interest cognitive developmentalists, primatologists and comparitive psychologists.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. J. Langer, M. Killen, The Comparative Study of Mental Development. Part I: Cognitive Development. M.L. McKinney, Cognitive Evolution by Extending Brain Development: On Recapitulation, Progress, and Other Heresies. J. Langer, Phylogenetic and Ontogenetic Origins of Cognition: Classification. F.Y. Doré, S. Goulet, The Comparative Analysis of Object Knowledge. A. Whiten, Evolutionary and Developmental Origins of the Mindreading System. Part II: Social Development. A.E. Russon, R.W. Mitchell, L. Lefebvre, E. Abravanel, The Comparative Evolution of Imitation. S. Savage-Rumbaugh, Scientific Schizophrenia With Regard to the Language Act. S.T. Parker, The Evolution and Development of Self-Knowledge: Adaptations for Assessing the Nature of Self Relative to That of Conspecifics. M. Cords, M. Killen, Conflict Resolution in Human and Nonhuman Primates. Part III: Cultural Development. M. Tomasello, Social Cognition and the Evolution of Culture. P. Damerow, Prehistory and Cognitive Development. E. Turiel, Notes From the Underground: Culture, Conflict, and Subversion.

About the Series

Jean Piaget Symposia Series

Each year, following their annual meeting, the Jean Piaget Society publishes an edited volume.  This approximately 300-page volume covers the main themes of the symposium and is published by Psychology Press.

Members of the society receive the volume free of charge. Non-members can order copies from this website.

About the Jean Piaget Society

The Jean Piaget Society, established in 1970, has an international, interdisciplinary membership of scholars, teachers and researchers interested in exploring the nature of the developmental construction of human knowledge. The Society was named in honor of the Swiss developmentalist, Jean Piaget, who made major theoretical and empirical contributions to our understanding of the origins and evolution of knowledge.

The Society's aim is to provide an open forum, through symposia, books, our journal, and other publications, for the presentation and discussion of scholarly work on issues related to human knowledge and its development. The Society further encourages the application of advances in the understanding of development to education and other domains.

In 1989, the name of the Society was changed to Jean Piaget Society: Society for the Study of Knowledge and Development.

You can find out more on the Jean Piaget Society website at http://www.piaget.org/ .

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY039000
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General