Theory of Mind in Infants and Young Children: A Review

Slaughter, Virginia (2015) Theory of Mind in Infants and Young Children: A Review. Australian Psychologist, 50 3: 169-172. doi:10.1111/ap.12080

Author Slaughter, Virginia
Title Theory of Mind in Infants and Young Children: A Review
Journal name Australian Psychologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1742-9544
Publication date 2015-06
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ap.12080
Open Access Status
Volume 50
Issue 3
Start page 169
End page 172
Total pages 4
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex,United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Theory of mind, or mindreading, refers to our uniquely human capacity to infer what is in other people's minds. Recent research suggests that “implicit” elements of this ability can be seen as early as the second year of life, in infants’ spontaneous helping, communicative, and eye-gaze behaviours. More “explicit” verbally mediated mindreading skills emerge in the preschool period, and these are positively linked to social competence. Research with typically developing children as well as those with autism spectrum disorders suggests that exposure to conversation about mental states promotes theory of mind development.
Keyword Childhood
Theory of mind
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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