1. Introduction: Links Between Social Interaction and Executive Function 1Charlie Lewis, Jeremy I. M. CarpendaleThis chapter introduces the study of executive function and theoretical perspectives acknowledging the influence of social interaction and outlines the contributions made by the chapters in this volume.
2. Parental Scaffolding and the Development of Executive Function 17Maximilian B. Bibok, Jeremy I. M. Carpendale, Ulrich MüllerIn this chapter the authors take a microgenetic approach to illustrating the role of parental scaffolding in development of executive function.
3. How Do Families Help or Hinder the Emergence of Early Executive Function? 35Claire H. Hughes, Rosie A. EnsorA longitudinal study of a socially diverse group of families, reported in this chapter, examines the links between aspects of family interaction and development of executive function.
4. New Directions in Evaluating Social Problem Solving in Childhood: Early Precursors and Links to Adolescent Social Competence 51Susan H. Landry, Karen E. Smith, Paul R. SwankThis chapter presents an ecologically valid measure of social problem solving that is linked to earlier development and that predicts social interactive skills in early adolescence.
5. Culture, Executive Function, and Social Understanding 69Charlie Lewis, Masuo Koyasu, Seungmi Oh, Ayako Ogawa, Benjamin Short, Zhao HuangThis chapter examines differences in the links between executive function and social understanding in four cultures in order to question current assumptions about their relationship.
6. Social Origins of Executive Function Development 87Stephanie M. CarlsonThis final chapter is an integrative commentary on the chapters in this volume, setting the discussion in the context of other recent research and suggesting new directions for research on the social origins of executive function.