ERIC Number: EJ698189
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Publication Date: 2005-Apr
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Executive Function and Children's Understanding of False Belief: How Specific Is the Relation?
Muller, U.; Zelazo, P.D.; Imrisek, S.
Cognitive Development, v20 n2 p173-189 Apr 2005
The present study examined developmental relations among understanding false belief, understanding ''false'' photographs, performance on the Dimensional Change Card Sort (DCCS), and performance on a picture-sentence verification task in 69 3-5-year-old children. Results showed that performance on the DCCS predicted performance on false belief questions even after controlling for children's age and verbal ability. However, neither performance on the picture-sentence verification task, nor performance on the ''false'' photograph task predicted false belief understanding. Implications of these findings are discussed in the context of suggestions that understanding false belief reflects a general understanding of representation, propositional negation, and the ability to use higher order rules.
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