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ERIC Number: EJ823516
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Talking about Others Facilitates Theory of Mind in Chinese Preschoolers
Lu, Huijing; Su, Yanjie; Wang, Qi
Developmental Psychology, v44 n6 p1726-1736 Nov 2008
A longitudinal study and a training study were conducted to show that simply referring to others facilitated theory of mind (ToM) development in Chinese children. In Study 1, 3- to 4-year-old Chinese children (N = 52) were tested on ToM and autobiographical memory (AM). One year later, in the group of children who initially failed the false belief tasks, only those who increased their references to others in AM recall passed the tasks. In Study 2, Chinese preschoolers who were trained to talk about others through storytelling showed improvement in their ToM performance. These findings suggest alternative pathways for ToM development in non-Euro-American context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China