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ERIC Number: EJ906897
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 20
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ISSN: ISSN-0261-510X
The Italian Job?: Comparing Theory of Mind Performance in British and Italian Children
Lecce, Serena; Hughes, Claire
British Journal of Developmental Psychology, v28 n4 p747-766 Nov 2010
Cross-cultural research on theory of mind is relatively recent and largely restricted to comparisons of children from Western versus non-Western samples; much less is known about variation within Western cultures. This study compared 5- to 6-year-olds from Britain and Italy (matched for age, verbal age, gender, and maternal education; N=140), on tests tapping children's understanding of 1st and 2nd order false belief and mixed emotions. Overall, British children outperformed Italian children; group differences were clearest for tests of false-belief understanding. These results are discussed in relation to contrasts in family talk about mental states, schooling, language comprehension, and cultural factors in Britain and Italy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy; United Kingdom