Can processing demands explain toddlers’ performance in false-belief tasks?
Author(s)Jara-Ettinger, Julian; Rubio-Fernandez, Paula; Gibson, Edward A
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Two-and-a-half-year-olds normally fail standard false-belief tasks. In the classic version, children have to say where a protagonist will look for an apple that, unbeknownst to her, was moved to a new location. Children under 4 generally predict that the protagonist will look for her apple in its current location, rather than where she left it. Setoh, Scott, and Baillargeon (1) argue that young children fail standard false-belief tasks because of their high processing demands, not because young children lack the necessary theory of mind.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
Rubio-Fernández, Paula et al. “Can Processing Demands Explain Toddlers’ Performance in False-Belief Tasks?” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114, 19 (April 2017): E3750–E3750 © 2017 National Academy of Sciences
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