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ERIC Number: EJ1027466
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Beliefs about Thought Probability: Evidence for Persistent Errors in Mindreading and Links to Executive Control
Lagattuta, Kristin Hansen; Sayfan, Liat; Harvey, Christina
Child Development, v85 n2 p659-674 Mar-Apr 2014
Four- to 10-year-olds' and adults' (N = 263) ability to inhibit privileged knowledge and simulate a naïve perspective were examined. Participants viewed pictures that were then occluded aside from a small ambiguous part. They offered suggestions for how a naïve person might interpret the hidden pictures, as well as rated the probability that a naïve person would think of several different pictures (with one picture being the actual item). Results indicated a significant increase between ages 4 and 7 years in attributing novel interpretations; however, all age groups overestimated the probability that a naïve person could guess the actual pictures. Individual differences in working memory and inhibitory control predicted participants' thought suggestions as well as aspects of their probability judgments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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