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How we perceive and interpret the actions of others is crucial if we are to develop into healthy adults. It has even been argued that a lack of social cognitive skills lays a strong foundation for a variety of atypical developmental disorders, including autism. Fortunately, our understanding of how humans process and interpret each other's actions has increased by leaps and bounds in the past decade. At the vanguard of these encouraging developments has been groundbreaking research in the fields of cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, and autism. Social Cognition: Development, Neuroscience and Autism is the first volume to fully integrate these areas of cutting-edge research on social cognition through contributions from some of the world's foremost experts in all three disciplines. The text is edited by distinguished development specialists who preface each section with chapter by chapter summaries that seamlessly link each of the contributing essays. Sections include related chapters on perspectives on social cognition, social cognition during infancy, social cognition and the adult brain, and social cognition: the challenge of autism. The text's final section serves as a commentary highlighting the fundamental issues that have been addressed in the text. Social Cognition: Development, Neuroscience and Autism is an indispensable addition to the rapidly expanding field of social cognition--and will provide valuable new insights on how we think and learn.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405162173
ISBN-10: 1405162171
Format: Hardback
(248mm x 172mm x 26mm)
Pages: 376
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Tricia Striano

Tricia Striano is Associate Professor of Psychology at Hunter College, City University of New York. She is specialist of social and cognitive development in early infancy. Striano is author of over 80 publications and recipient of the Sofja Kovalevskaja Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation www.infancyresearch.com. Vincent Reid is a lecturer in psychology at Durham University, England. He has authored numerous papers on early social-cognitive development across a broad array of topics from the neural correlates of biological motion detection through to goal anticipation.

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