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Tracking and evaluating social relations and potential partners in infancy

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postcode: 1051

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 Coordinator Country Hungary [HU]
 Total cost 2˙498˙748 €
 EC max contribution 2˙498˙748 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-01-01   to  2022-12-31


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1    KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM HU (BUDAPEST) coordinator 2˙498˙748.00


 Project objective

In order to navigate the social world, children must understand how social interactions unfold in their society. While many recent studies have investigated how children evaluate the roles that people play in everyday interactions and what inferences they draw from their observations, to date there is no unifying account for the conceptual repertoire and computational mechanisms used by infants to analyse their social environment. Taking a new theoretical perspective on this topic, we plan to study whether and how human infants and young children are able to infer the social relations that underlie observed interactions. The theoretical background of this approach is based on the combination of two proposals: (1) that actions are analysed in terms of the costs and benefits they produce to the actors and others affected, and (2) Alan Fiske’s theory, according to which human social relations could be classified into basic elementary forms. Using a variety of behavioural and neuroimaging techniques, we intend to investigate whether children infer the specific social relation that the intentional structure and the cost-benefit outcome of an observed interaction could reveal. More specifically, while resource transfer events (e.g., giving, taking) alter the distribution of goods among participants, they may also cue certain types of underlying relations that would ensure that all parties benefit, directly or indirectly, from the exchange on the long run (e.g., by reciprocity). We aim to establish whether drawing inferences to social relations enjoys the priority in the infant mind over attribution of social dispositions, whether infants predict the outcome of new, previously unobserved interactions, what information children use to choose partners for cooperative tasks, and how they track individuals across social contexts. This research will also provide a new perspective on the development of moral psychology by extending its domain from actions to social interactions.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Laura Schlingloff Gergely Csibra Denis Tatone
Do 15-month-old infants prefer helpers? A replication of Hamlin et al. (2007)
published pages: 191795, ISSN: 2054-5703, DOI:
Royal Society Open Science 7 2020-04-04
2020 Johannes B. Mahr, Gergely Csibra
Witnessing, Remembering, and Testifying: Why the Past Is Special for Human Beings
published pages: 174569161987916, ISSN: 1745-6916, DOI: 10.1177/1745691619879167
Perspectives on Psychological Science 2020-02-06
2019 Johannes Mahr
Remembering in communication: A novel account of the architecture and function of human episodic memory
published pages: 1-178, ISSN: , DOI:
CEU publication 1 2019-08-29
2019 Denis Tatone, Mikołaj Hernik, Gergely Csibra
Minimal Cues of Possession Transfer Compel Infants to Ascribe the Goal of Giving
published pages: 31-40, ISSN: 2470-2986, DOI: 10.1162/opmi_a_00024
Open Mind 3 2019-06-06
2019 Georgina Török, Barbara Pomiechowska, Gergely Csibra, Natalie Sebanz
Rationality in Joint Action: Maximizing Coefficiency in Coordination
published pages: 95679761984255, ISSN: 0956-7976, DOI: 10.1177/0956797619842550
Psychological Science 2019-06-06

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