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ERIC Number: EJ1045703
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Training Preschoolers on First-Order False Belief Understanding: Transfer on Advanced ToM Skills and Metamemory
Lecce, Serena; Bianco, Federica; Demicheli, Patrizia; Cavallini, Elena
Child Development, v85 n6 p2404-2418 Nov-Dec 2014
This study investigated the relation between theory of mind (ToM) and metamemory knowledge using a training methodology. Sixty-two 4- to 5-year-old children were recruited and randomly assigned to one of two training conditions: A first-order false belief (ToM) and a control condition. Intervention and control groups were equivalent at pretest for age, parents' education, verbal ability, inhibition, and ToM. Results showed that after the intervention children in the ToM group improved in their first-order false belief understanding significantly more than children in the control condition. Crucially, the positive effect of the ToM intervention was stable over 2 months and generalized to more complex ToM tasks and metamemory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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