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ERIC Number: EJ850143
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
Young Children's Understanding of Multiple Object Identity: Appearance, Pretense and Function
Abelev, Maxim; Markman, Ellen
Developmental Science, v9 n6 p590-596 Nov 2006
Evidence from theory-of-mind tasks suggests that young children have substantial difficulty thinking about multiple object identity and multiple versions of reality. On the other hand, evidence from children's understanding of pretense indicates that children have little trouble understanding dual object identity and counterfactual scenarios that are involved in pretend play. Two studies reported here show that this competence is not limited to pretend play. Three-year-olds also understand the dual identity involved in unusual functional use (X is being used as Y), even though they have difficulty understanding deceptive appearance (X looks like Y). We suggest that children are able to distinguish extrinsic object properties from intrinsic ones (function vs. category-membership) better than they can distinguish superficial object properties from deep ones (appearance vs. category-membership).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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