Why developmental psychology is incomplete without comparative and cross-cultural perspectives

Nielsen, Mark and Haun, Daniel (2016) Why developmental psychology is incomplete without comparative and cross-cultural perspectives. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 371 1686: 1-7. doi:10.1098/rstb.2015.0071


Author Nielsen, Mark
Haun, Daniel
Title Why developmental psychology is incomplete without comparative and cross-cultural perspectives
Journal name Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-2970
0962-8436
Publication date 2016-01-19
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1098/rstb.2015.0071
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 371
Issue 1686
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher The Royal Society Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
As a discipline, developmental psychology has a long history of relying on animal models and data collected among distinct cultural groups to enrich and inform theories of the ways social and cognitive processes unfold through the lifespan. However, approaches that draw together developmental, cross-cultural and comparative perspectives remain rare. The need for such an approach is reflected in the papers by Heyes (2015 Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 371, 20150069. (doi:10.1098/rstb.2015.0069)), Schmelz & Call (2015 Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 371, 20150067. (doi:10.1098/rstb.2015.0067)) and Keller (2015 Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 371, 20150070. (doi:10.1098/rstb.2015.0070)) in this theme issue. Here, we incorporate these papers into a review of recent research endeavours covering a range of core aspects of social cognition, including social learning, cooperation and collaboration, prosociality, and theory of mind. In so doing, we aim to highlight how input from comparative and cross-cultural empiricism has altered our perspectives of human development and, in particular, led to a deeper understanding of the evolution of the human cultural mind.
Keyword Developmental psychology
Cross-cultural psychology
Comparative psychology
Social cognition
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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