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ERIC Number: EJ902953
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
Seventeen-Month-Olds Appeal to False Beliefs to Interpret Others' Referential Communication
Southgate, Victoria; Chevallier, Coralie; Csibra, Gergely
Developmental Science, v13 n6 p907-912 Nov 2010
Recent studies have demonstrated infants' pragmatic abilities for resolving the referential ambiguity of non-verbal communicative gestures, and for inferring the intended meaning of a communicator's utterances. These abilities are difficult to reconcile with the view that it is not until around 4 years that children can reason about the internal mental states of others. In the current study, we tested whether 17-month-old infants are able to track the status of a communicator's epistemic state and use this to infer what she intends to refer to. Our results show that manipulating whether or not a communicator has a false belief leads infants to different interpretations of the same communicative act, and demonstrate early mental state attribution in a pragmatic context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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