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ERIC Number: EJ945116
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Do 10-Month-Old Infants Understand Others' False Beliefs?
Luo, Yuyan
Cognition, v121 n3 p289-298 Dec 2011
As adults, we know that others' mental states, such as beliefs, guide their behavior and that these mental states can deviate from reality. Researchers have examined whether young children possess adult-like theory of mind by focusing on their understanding about others' false beliefs. The present research revealed that 10-month-old infants seemed to interpret a person's choice of toys based on her true or false beliefs about which toys were present. These results indicate that like adults, even preverbal infants act as if they can consider others' mental states when making inferences about others' actions. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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