Abstract:Pretend play has been extensively studied in developmental science. First, we briefly review theories regarding the cognitive underpinnings of pretend play and proposals about its potential role in development. Following this, we explore accounts of pretense which emphasize the social nature of this type of play in early childhood and propose an extension to a novel account of playing in general (Chu & Schulz, 2020) by exploiting the importance of social interactions in pretense. We contend that engagi… Show more
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