Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Our Own Minds – Sociocultural Grounds for Self-Consciousness | MIT Press Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Our Own Minds: Sociocultural Grounds for Self-Consciousness

Radu J. Bogdan


This book takes a developmental perspective on consciousness—its functional design in particular—and proposes that children's functional capacity for consciousness is assembled during development out of a variety of ontogenetic adaptations that respond mostly to sociocultural challenges specific to distinct stages of childhood. Young human minds develop self-consciousness—in the broad sense of being conscious of the self's mental and behavioral relatedness to the world—because they face extraordinary and escalating sociocultural pressures that cannot be handled without setting in motion a comp ... More

Keywords: consciousness, ontogenetic adaptations, sociocultural challenges, childhood, self-consciousness, self-regulation, intuitive psychology, theory of mind, executive abilities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262026376
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262026376.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Radu J. Bogdan, author