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Culture, Executive Function, and Social Understanding

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  • Charlie Lewis
  • Masuo Koyasu
  • Seungmi Oh
  • Ayako Ogawa
  • Benjamin Short
  • Zhao Huang
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>04/2009
<mark>Journal</mark>New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)69-85
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Much of the evidence from the West has shown links between children's developing self-control (executive function), their social experiences, and their social understanding (Carpendale & Lewis, 2006, chapters 5 and 6), across a range of cultures including China. This chapter describes four studies conducted in three Oriental cultures, suggesting that the relationships among social interaction, executive function, and social understanding are different in these cultures, implying that social and executive skills are underpinned by key cultural processes. (C) Wiley Periodicals, Inc.