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Understanding Other MindsPerspectives from developmental social neuroscience$
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Simon Baron-Cohen, Michael Lombardo, and Helen Tager-Flusberg

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199692972

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692972.001.0001

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Early manifestations of mindreading

Early manifestations of mindreading

(p.2) (p.3) Chapter 1 Early manifestations of mindreading
Understanding Other Minds

Victoria Southgate

Oxford University Press

Recent research has forced a rethink of the commonly held consensus that young children have little understanding of other minds before the age of four years. With novel methods and new paradigms, it is now clear that even young infants are sensitive to others’ perspectives and resulting beliefs. What does such a sensitivity imply? This chapter reviews the evidence to date and interpretations of the data that have emerged. It then asks how we might characterize an early sensitivity to beliefs by looking at what behaviours these early representations might support. Finally, it points out ways in which infant’s understanding of other minds might permit inferences about behaviour without including some of the attributes of a concept of belief that, as adults, we readily appreciate.

Keywords:   Infants, early theory of mind, false belief, looking-time, action prediction

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