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Self- and Social-RegulationExploring the Relations Between Social Interaction, Social Understanding, and the Development of Executive Functions$
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Bryan Sokol, Ulrich Muller, Jeremy Carpendale, Arlene Young, and Grace Iarocci

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327694

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327694.001.0001

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The Development of Future-Oriented Decision-Making

The Development of Future-Oriented Decision-Making

(p.269) 11 The Development of Future-Oriented Decision-Making
Self- and Social-Regulation

Chris Moore

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the development of future oriented decision-making and its relations to theory of mind, executive function, and the temporally extended self. Recent work using a modified choice-based delay of gratification paradigm to study future oriented decision-making is reviewed. In general, it is found that children start to be able to make prudent choices in favor of future benefits for self and others at about 4 years of age. This development is associated with a suite of social–cognitive changes, including the understanding of the diversity of mental states across self and other, the ability to inhibit immediate responses to salient information, and the ability to conceive of the self as extended in time.

Keywords:   future oriented thinking, theory of mind, executive function, temporally extended self, preschool children

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