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ERIC Number: EJ834745
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1524-8372
Understanding the Mind or Predicting Signal-Dependent Action? Performance of Children with and without Autism on Analogues of the False-Belief Task
Bowler, Dermot M.; Briskman, Jackie; Gurvidi, Nicole; Fornells-Ambrojo, Miriam
Journal of Cognition and Development, v6 n2 p259-283 May 2005
To evaluate the claim that correct performance on unexpected transfer false-belief tasks specifically involves mental-state understanding, two experiments were carried out with children with autism, intellectual disabilities, and typical development. In both experiments, children were given a standard unexpected transfer false-belief task and a mental-state-free, mechanical analogue task in which participants had to predict the destination of a train based on true or false signal information. In both experiments, performance on the mechanical task was found to correlate with that on the false-belief task for all groups of children. Logistic regression showed that performance on the mechanical analogue significantly predicted performance on the false-belief task even after accounting for the effects of verbal mental age. The findings are discussed in relation to possible common mechanisms underlying correct performance on the two tasks. (Contains 1 figure, 4 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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