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Social Understanding and Social Lives - now in paperback

Claire Hughes

Claire Hughes' book Social Understanding and Social Lives: From Toddlerhood Through to the Transition to School was awarded the British Psychological Society's 2013 Book Award (Academic Monograph category). It is now available in paperback.


Claire Hughes is Professor of Developmental Psychology at Newnham College, Cambridge.

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Claire's book was lauded by a reviewer on the Economic and Social Research Council as “ideal reading for researchers actively working in the field, graduate and undergraduate students specializing in developmental psychology, educational and health professionals, and parents interested in learning about children’s early social development.”

More praise for Social Understanding and Social Lives:

"[An] engaging, lucid and authoritative book. What makes this book such an important reading – not just for academics and students working in this area but also for professionals in education and health – is not simply Hughes's skilful ability to weave together the key themes emerging from a large, and rapidly growing, literature with the delightfully accessible findings of her own very substantial research program. More than that, Hughes accomplishes the crucial task of setting a clear agenda for future work that builds on all of this progress. … Hughes puts us all in a good position to maximize the strength and applied value of work on children's social-cognitive development." - Robin Banerjee, University of Sussex, UK, in Infant and Child Development

"Hughes's book focuses primarily on findings from theory-of-mind research, teaching readers about infants’ and toddlers’ ability to understand their own and others’ false beliefs, intentions, emotions, and behaviors. Readers learn a perspective on how toddlers see the world, negotiate the microcontexts they face daily, and prepare to enter the relatively impersonal world of schooling." - Theresa A. Thorkildsen, in PsycCRITIQUES

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