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Children Show Age Group Bias In Mental State Attribution

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 […]

Arcuate Fascicle Maturation Associated With Theory Of Mind Emergence

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 […]

Children Understand Far More About Other Minds Than Long Believed

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 […]