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ERIC Number: EJ878894
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0261-510X
Young Children Understand Multiple Pretend Identities in Their Object Play
Wyman, Emily; Rakoczy, Hannes; Tomasello, Michael
British Journal of Developmental Psychology, v27 n2 p385-404 Jun 2009
This set of studies examined the ability of 3-year-olds to conceptualize multiple pretend identities with objects. Rather than relying on verbal response measures, as has been done in the past, children's creative and inferential pretend actions were used as indicators of their understanding. The common structure to all four studies was that children were confronted with one pretend scenario, moved to a second pretend scenario and then back again to the first. Children proficiently tailored their pretence to an object whose pretend identity changed between scenarios despite being less able to name each identity. Thus, using an inferential action methodology, these studies provide early and particularly convincing evidence that children can track the multiple pretend identities of objects.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany