ERIC Number: EJ1140487
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Individual Differences in Children's Corepresentation of Self and Other in Joint Action
Milward, Sophie J.; Kita, Sotaro; Apperly, Ian A.
Child Development, v88 n3 p964-978 May-Jun 2017
Previous research has shown that children aged 4-5 years, but not 2-3 years, show adult-like interference from a partner when performing a joint task (Milward, Kita, & Apperly, 2014). This raises questions about the cognitive skills involved in the development of such "corepresentation (CR)" of a partner (Sebanz, Knoblich, & Prinz, 2003). Here, individual differences data from one hundred and thirteen 4- to 5-year-olds showed theory of mind (ToM) and inhibitory control (IC) as predictors of ability to avoid CR interference, suggesting that children with better ToM abilities are more likely to succeed in decoupling self and other representations in a joint task, while better IC is likely to help children avoid interference from a partner's response when selecting their own response on the task.
Descriptors: Individual Differences, Children, Theory of Mind, Inhibition, Interference (Learning), Predictor Variables, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries, Correlation, Regression (Statistics), Accuracy, Reaction Time, Receptive Language, Short Term Memory, Executive Function
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Birmingham); United Kingdom (England)
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