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ERIC Number: EJ1050067
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Deafness, Thought Bubbles, and Theory-of-Mind Development
Wellman, Henry M.; Peterson, Candida C.
Developmental Psychology, v49 n12 p2357-2367 Dec 2013
The processes and mechanisms of theory-of-mind development were examined via a training study of false-belief conceptions in deaf children of hearing parents (N = 43). In comparison to 2 different control conditions, training based on thought-bubble instruction about beliefs was linked with improved false-belief understanding as well as progress on a broader theory-of-mind scale. By combining intervention, microgenetic, and developmental scaling methods, the findings provide informative data about the nature and mechanisms of theory-of-mind change in deaf children, as well as an initial demonstration of a useful intervention for enhancing social cognition in deaf children of hearing parents. The methods and results also point to possible avenues for the study of conceptual change more generally.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Grant or Contract Numbers: HD022149