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ERIC Number: EJ972944
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1524-8372
"I Won't Trust You if I Think You're Trying to Deceive Me": Relations between Selective Trust, Theory of Mind, and Imitation in Early Childhood
DiYanni, Cara; Nini, Deniela; Rheel, Whitney; Livelli, Alicia
Journal of Cognition and Development, v13 n3 p354-371 2012
This study explores connections between 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds' performance in theory-of-mind tasks, their performance on an assessment of selective trust, and their decisions to (not) imitate the questionable tool choices of an adult model. The prediction was that all the tasks would be related, with improvements in theory of mind and selective trust leading children to be "less" likely to imitate a model who could be construed as deceptive or unreliable. Controlling for age, we found a positive correlation between false-belief understanding and selective trust but no relation between theory of mind and tool choices. Unexpectedly, children who were more discriminatory in their trust were "more" likely to imitate. Possible explanations for children's reasoning are discussed. (Contains 1 figure, 1 table, and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey; Rhode Island