Children's Theories of Mind: Mental States and Social Understanding

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1991-03-01
  • Publisher: Psychology Pres

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This book is a result of a study group that met to discuss the child's theory of mind. A topic whose effects span cognitive, language, and social development, it may bring a unifying influence to developmental psychology. New studies in this area acknowledge children's conceptions of intention and belief, as well as intention and belief themselves, and consider the explanations they provide for children's developing abilities. The contributors to this important volume examine several aspects of the child's theory of mind, and present significant research findings on the theory itself and how it changes and develops for each child. Discussions of the utility of a theory of mind to the child, and to developmental psychologists trying to understand children, are provided. Finally, new explanations are offered for how children acquire a theory of mind in the first place.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
The Acquisition and Utility Of Theories of Mindp. 1
Referencesp. 12
The Origins of Intention in Infancyp. 15
Referencesp. 37
The Infant's Theory Of Self-Propelled Objectsp. 39
Referencesp. 47
Intentional Communication And the Development of An Understanding of Mindp. 49
Referencesp. 71
The Language of Emotion The Emotions, and Nominalist Bootstrappingp. 77
Referencesp. 93
Young Children's Understanding Of Other People Evidence from Observations Within The Familyp. 97
Referencesp. 113
a Meeting of Minds in Infancy Imitation and Desirep. 115
Referencesp. 136
On Representing That The Asymmetry Between Belief And Desire in Children's Theory of Mindp. 139
Referencesp. 154
Intention in the Child's Theory Of Mindp. 157
Referencesp. 170
The Development of The Language of Belief The Expression of Relative Certaintyp. 173
Modelling Embedded Intentionp. 195
Referencesp. 216
Author Indexp. 219
Subject Indexp. 225
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