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ERIC Number: EJ850494
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
A Longitudinal, Microgenetic Study of the Emergence of False Belief Understanding and Inhibition Skills
Flynn, Emma; O'Malley, Claire; Wood, David
Developmental Science, v7 n1 p103-115 Feb 2004
Two theories that attempt to explain the relationship between false belief understanding and inhibition skills were investigated: (1) theory of mind development improves self-control, and (2) executive control is necessary for developing a theory of mind. A microgenetic approach was adopted, with a group of 21 children completing a battery of inhibition and false belief understanding tasks every four weeks for six phases of testing. The results showed that the majority of children were able to perform well on a test of executive inhibition before having a good understanding of false beliefs, thus supporting theory (2). The results also illustrated that while the children's inhibition skills developed relatively gradually, their understanding of false beliefs progressed from a consistent lack of understanding through a period of unstable performance, during which some children failed tests that they had previously passed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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