Children's Understanding and Use of Prosocial Intentions

Stefen Beeler-Duden
Humans are social beings that rely heavily on our cooperative relationships (Tomasello et al., 2012). This predisposition to engage in cooperation and establish relationships likely accounts for our success as a species (Tomasello, 2009). In order to form these relationships, however, we must identify individuals who promise to be reliable, beneficial partners. Intentions help individuals navigate this difficult challenge, as they allow individuals to distinguish between self-interested versus truly generous partners and generate accurate predictions...
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