Sarcasm and advanced theory of mind understanding in children and adults with prelingual deafness

O'Reilly, Karin, Peterson, Candida C. and Wellman, Henry M. (2014) Sarcasm and advanced theory of mind understanding in children and adults with prelingual deafness. Developmental Psychology, 50 7: 1862-1877. doi:10.1037/a0036654


Author O'Reilly, Karin
Peterson, Candida C.
Wellman, Henry M.
Title Sarcasm and advanced theory of mind understanding in children and adults with prelingual deafness
Journal name Developmental Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0012-1649
1939-0599
Publication date 2014-07-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0036654
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 50
Issue 7
Start page 1862
End page 1877
Total pages 16
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Two studies addressed key theoretical debates in theory of mind (ToM) development by comparing (a) deaf native signers (n = 18), (b) deaf late signers (n = 59), and (c) age-matched hearing persons (n = 74) in childhood (Study 1: n = 81) and adulthood (Study 2: n = 70) on tests of first- and second-order false belief and conversational sarcasm. Results showed ToM development to be a life span phenomenon for deaf and hearing people alike. Native and late signers were outperformed by hearing peers on advanced ToM in childhood (M = 9 years), but in adulthood (M = 40 years), native signers had caught up, whereas late signers had not. Findings highlight the extended importance of conversational interaction for ToM growth.
Keyword Deafness
Theory of mind
Sarcasm understanding
Second-order false belief
Life span social cognition
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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