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ERIC Number: EJ941029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0261-510X
Mind-Mindedness in Children: Individual Differences in Internal-State Talk in Middle Childhood
Meins, Elizabeth; Fernyhough, Charles; Johnson, Fiona; Lidstone, Jane
British Journal of Developmental Psychology, v24 n1 p181-196 Mar 2006
Children's use of internal-state language during 2 tasks (book narration and describing a best friend) was investigated in a sample (N=38) of 7- to 9-year-olds. Proportional use of internal-state talk on the two tasks was highly positively correlated, a relation that was independent of verbosity, age, verbal ability and the use of non-internal-state language. Theory of mind (ToM) performance, assessed using Happe's (1994) strange stories task, was not related to children's proportional use of internal-state language on either task. We suggest that these cross-task relations provide evidence of individual differences in children's spontaneous use of internal-state language that are independent of their capacities for representing those internal states.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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