How do young children process beliefs about beliefs? Evidence from response latency

Kikuno, H. and Mitchell, P. and Ziegler, Fenja (2007) How do young children process beliefs about beliefs? Evidence from response latency. Mind and Language, 22 (3). pp. 297-316. ISSN 1468-0017

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Are incorrect judgments on false belief tasks better explained within the framework of a conceptual change theory or a bias theory? Conceptual change theory posits a change in the form of reasoning from 3 to 4 years old while bias theory posits that processing factors are responsible for errors among younger children. The results from three experiments showed that children who failed a test of false belief took as long to respond as those who passed, and both groups of children took longer to respond to belief questions than to questions about prior states of reality. These results seem to support the bias theory.

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Additional Information:Are incorrect judgments on false belief tasks better explained within the framework of a conceptual change theory or a bias theory? Conceptual change theory posits a change in the form of reasoning from 3 to 4 years old while bias theory posits that processing factors are responsible for errors among younger children. The results from three experiments showed that children who failed a test of false belief took as long to respond as those who passed, and both groups of children took longer to respond to belief questions than to questions about prior states of reality. These results seem to support the bias theory.
Keywords:false-belief, Mind, difficulty, knowledge, task, realism, representation, deception
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C820 Developmental Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:3463
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:20 Oct 2010 16:41
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:48

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