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ERIC Number: EJ1196178
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
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Scaling Theory of Mind in a Small-Scale Society: A Case Study from Vanuatu
Dixson, Henry G. W.; Komugabe-Dixson, Aimée F.; Dixson, Barnaby J.; Low, Jason
Child Development, v89 n6 p2157-2175 Nov-Dec 2018
Although theory of mind (ToM) is argued to emerge between 3 and 5 years of age, data from non-Western, small-scale societies suggest diversity. Deeper investigations into these settings are warranted. In the current study, over 400 Melanesian children from Vanuatu (range = 3-14 years), growing up in either urban or rural remote environments, completed culturally tailored ToM batteries. Results show a marked delay in false belief (FB) performance, particularly among participants from rural villages. By further investigating a diverse range of concepts beyond FB, we illustrate two unique cultural sequences for a suite of mental state concepts among urban and rural ni-Vanuatu children. Implications for social and cultural influences on the development of ToM are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Vanuatu
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