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ERIC Number: EJ1111695
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2014-3591
Let's Share Perspectives! Mentalistic Skills Involved in Cooperation
Sidera, Francesc; Serrat, Elisabet; Serrano, Jèssica; Rostan, Charles; Caño, Agnès; Amadó, Anna
International Journal of Educational Psychology, v2 n3 p325-352 Oct 2013
Previous research has found a link between theory of mind and cooperation. The aim of this study is to deepen into this relationship, to identify which theory of mind skills are more related to the cooperative ability on a referential communication task. A total of 50 children from first and fifth grade completed a battery of theory of mind tasks, and also a cooperative task where children worked in pairs to build block models. Each pair was composed by a builder and a guide, who gave instructions to his partner about how to build a replica of the model. The results show a significant relationship between the theory of mind skills and cooperation. Specifically, we found that the second-order false-belief task was the variable most related to cooperation after controlling the effect of age. In addition, we observed that the mentalist skills were more important for cooperation in the builders than in the guides. Finally, we discuss the findings of this study and make suggestions for the future.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain
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