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January 1998


Social cognition has become a popular term, but most work under this banner applies individualistic psychology to "social" content. In contrast, Katherine Nelson's new book reframes cognition from a sociocentric perspective. Nelson presents a largely Vygotskian theory of early childhood cognitive development, describing how sociocultural context mediates cognition.


© 1998, Regents of the University of California. Reprinted from Mind, Culture, and Activity, Volume 5, Issue 1, January 1998, pages 76-79.
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NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Stanton Wortham was affiliated with Bates College. Currently June 2007, he is a faculty member of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.



Date Posted: 04 June 2007

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