Chapter 6. Social Development. Early Child Development. Gradual progression to full theory of mind Genetic component driving the stages Environmental interaction Social cognition a necessity for more advanced human social development. Development. What is the purpose of childhood?
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Youth are innovators; cultural innovation can increase fitness
Imitating peers over parents increases behavioural variability in culture
Parents may not always be around; peer groups always are
Parents and children often have competing interests
Individual, not culture that is level of selection
Again, culture not the level of selection
In EEA orphans have bigger problems than no role-model parent; likely to starve, etc. Any adopting adult could serve as teaching model
Children also compete with their peers, not just their parents