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ERIC Number: EJ904691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Forgetting Common Ground: Six- to Seven-Year-Olds Have an Overinterpretive Theory of Mind
Lagattuta, Kristin Hansen; Sayfan, Liat; Blattman, Amanda J.
Developmental Psychology, v46 n6 p1417-1432 Nov 2010
Four- to 9-year-olds and adults (N = 256) viewed a series of pictures that were covered with occluders to reveal nondescript or identifiable parts. Participants predicted how 3 characters, 1 who had previously viewed the full picture and 2 who had not, would interpret the obstructed drawings. Results showed significant development between 4 and 9 years and between 9 years and adulthood in understanding thought diversity as well as situations in which people should think alike. There was also evidence for a U-shaped developmental curve, with 6- to 7-year-olds most often overextending the rule that people will think differently, particularly on the initial testing trials. Performance on the different interpretive theory-of-mind measures was differentially related to individual differences in inhibitory control and verbal working memory. (Contains 4 tables and 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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