In this class, we will examine current research and theorizing on the development of social cognition. We will examine how humans develop concepts of intention, beliefs, social categories, relationships, morality, cooperation, and intergroup relations. We will also consider the development of the processes that underlie person perception, social evaluations, social inferences, and the emergence of stereotyping and prejudice. Our discussions will be guided by general theoretical questions about development, including: (a) What mechanisms underlie the development of social cognition? (b) How do culture and language shape its development? (c) What accounts for and what can we learn from patterns of individual variation? (d) How do social concepts relate to social behavior? (e) What aspects of social cognition are unique to humans?