ERIC Number: EJ1055799
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
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Why We Think We Can't Dance: Theory of Mind and Children's Desire to Perform
Chaplin, Lan Nguyen; Norton, Michael I.
Child Development, v86 n2 p651-658 Mar-Apr 2015
Theory of mind (ToM) allows children to achieve success in the social world by understanding others' minds. A study with 3- to 12-year-olds, however, demonstrates that gains in ToM are linked to decreases in children's desire to engage in performative behaviors associated with health and well-being, such as singing and dancing. One hundred and fifty-nine middle-class children from diverse backgrounds in a Northeastern U.S. metropolitan area completed the study in 2011. The development of ToM is associated with decreases in self-esteem, which in turn predicts decreases in children's willingness to perform. This shift away from performance begins at age 4 (when ToM begins to develop), years before children enter puberty.
Descriptors: Theory of Mind, Self Esteem, Predictor Variables, Performance Factors, Health, Well Being, Achievement Gains, Singing, Dance, Middle Class, Children, Child Development, Child Behavior
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