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Social Cognition

532 pages
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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Short contents SHORT CONTENTS
Full contentsvi Prefacex Acknowledgmentsxii
Part I Introduction1 1Ecology and how to do it3 2Ecology’s evolutionary backdrop36
Part II Conditions and Resources67 3Physical conditions and the availability of resources69 4Conditions, resources and the world’s communities110
Part III Individuals, Populations, Communities and Ecosystems143 5Birth, death and movement145 6Interspecific competition182 7Predation, grazing and disease217 8Evolutionary ecology251 9From populations to communities281 10Patterns in species richness323 11The flux of energy and matter through ecosystems357
Part IV Applied Issues in Ecology387 12Sustainability389 13Habitat degradation423 14Conservation455
References483 Index495