From the fundamental processing of human movement, through to the ability to interpret actions, infancy research is only now taking up the challenge of social cognition over a variety of cognitive areas. This special issue covers broad areas of social-cognitive development and builds a cohesive picture of the diversity within this thriving area of developmental psychology. This issue outlines and discusses changes in early development in terms of infant behaviour that may suggest how an infant with limited experience may nonetheless identify and attribute to other humans a privileged social-cognitive status.
Social Cognition During Infancy (Editorial). T. Farroni, E. Menon, S. Rigato, M. H Johnson, The Perception of Facial Expressions in Newborns. Olinek, D Poulin-Dubois, Imitation of Intentional Actions and Internal State Language in Infancy Predict Preschool Theory of Mind Skills. V. Slaughter, D. Corbett, Differential Copying of Human and Non-human Models at 12 and 18 Months of Age. S. Sirois, I. Jackson, Social Cognition in Infancy: A Critical Review of Research on Higher-order Abilities. C. Theuring, G. Gredeback, P. Hauf, Object Processing During a Joint Gaze Following Task. B. Elsner, S. Pauen, Social Learning of Artifact Function in 12- and 15-month-olds. V. Reid, T. Striano, The Directed Attention Model of Infant Social Cognition. B. Jovanovic, G. Schwarzer, Infant Perception of the Relative Relevance of Different Manual Actions.