Where to look first for children's knowledge of false beliefs

Siegal M. and Beattie K. (1991) Where to look first for children's knowledge of false beliefs. Cognition, 38 1: 1-12. doi:10.1016/0010-0277(91)90020-5

Author Siegal M.
Beattie K.
Title Where to look first for children's knowledge of false beliefs
Journal name Cognition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0010-0277
Publication date 1991-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0010-0277(91)90020-5
Volume 38
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Language eng
Subject 1203 Design Practice and Management
2805 Cognitive Neuroscience
3205 Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
3310 Linguistics and Language
Abstract Recent research has shown that, although young children have a substantial knowledge of beliefs as internal mental states, they have considerable difficulty in understanding how a false belief can lead to an outcome which is in conflict with a desire. However, this evidence has come from tasks which assume that children follow an experimenter's "implicatures" in conversation and interpret the question "Where will a person (with the false belief) look for the object?" to mean "Where will the person look first?" rather than "Where will the person have to look (or go to look) to find the object?" In our investigation, even 3-year-olds often responded correctly when asked to predict the initial behavior of a story character with a false belief. We discuss these results in terms of the conversational worlds of children and adults.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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