Research report 2012 - Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Collaboration in Young Children

Authors
Tomasello, Michael; Hamann, Katharina
Departments
Abteilung für Vergleichende und Entwicklungspsychologie (Tomasello)
Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie, Leipzig
Summary
One of the most remarkable capacities of human beings is their ability to work together, to solve problems or to create things that no individual could have solved or created on its own. In current studies, researchers look at the early ontogeny of children’s abilities for collaboration and provide evidence that young children have species-unique skills and motivations of shared intentionality, including skills such as forming joint goals and joint attention with others, along with cooperative motives for helping others and sharing with others.

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