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ERIC Number: EJ1050784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1524-8372
The Relation between Executive Function and Theory of Mind Is More than Skin Deep
Carlson, Stephanie M.; Claxton, Laura J.; Moses, Louis J.
Journal of Cognition and Development, v16 n1 p186-197 2015
A simple "expression" account of the relation between executive function (EF) and children's developing theory of mind (ToM) has difficulty accounting for the generality of the changes occurring in children's mental-state understanding during the preschool years. The current study of preschool children (N = 43) showed that EF--especially conflict EF--related uniformly to ToM measures that imposed either high or low executive demands, independent of verbal ability. These findings can be explained within an emergence account wherein executive skills are implicated in the acquisition of mental-state concepts as opposed to merely the expression of these concepts in task performance.
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Language: English
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