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ERIC Number: EJ850317
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
Young Children Have Difficulty Ascribing True Beliefs
Riggs, Kevin J.; Simpson, Andrew
Developmental Science, v8 n3 pF27-F30 May 2005
Using the format of a false belief task (Wimmer & Perner, 1983), we investigated the ability of 88 3- and 4-year-olds to ascribe a previously held true belief to a story protagonist. In an unexpected transfer task, children found true belief ascription as difficult as false belief ascription even though they could answer memory questions about story details. Results are discussed in relation to theoretical accounts of theory of mind development that stress the importance of understanding the falsity of belief, and those accounts that stress the importance of information or executive processes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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