theory of mind

Young children are more apt to attribute mental states to characters that belong to the same group as them relative to characters that belong to an outside group, according to new findings. The study demonstrates that 5- and 6-year-olds were more likely to describe interactions between two characters in terms of what they were thinking… Read more

Eyes play a prominent role in our daily social encounters and are sometimes metaphorically referred to as windows to our souls. There now is compelling evidence to support the notion that much information about another person’s mind can be gleaned from his or her eyes. In one proof of concept, the Reading the Mind in… Read more

The developmental stage when child gains the view of others known as Theory Of Mind is associated with the maturation of fibres of a brain structure called the arcuate fascicle, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig have found. By the age of four years we begin to understand… Read more

Until a few decades ago, scholars believed that young children know very little, if anything, about what others are thinking. Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget, who is credited with founding the scientific study of children’s thinking, was convinced that preschool children cannot consider what goes on in the minds of others. The interviews and experiments he… Read more

From the moment they are born, babies are exposed to information that can teach them about who they are. By touching their own face and body, or by kicking and grabbing things, they start to enjoy the influence of their actions on the world. But it is not until children approach their second birthday that… Read more