Seventeen-month-olds appeal to false beliefs to interpret others’ referential communication
Southgate, Victoria and Chevallier, C. and Csibra, Gergely (2010) Seventeen-month-olds appeal to false beliefs to interpret others’ referential communication. Developmental Science 13 (6), pp. 907-912. ISSN 1363-755x.
Recent studies have demonstrated infants’ pragmatic abilities for resolving the referential ambiguity of non-verbal communicative gestures, and for inferring the intended meaning of a communicator’s utterances. These abilities are difficult to reconcile with the view that it is not until around 4 years that children can reason about the internal mental states of others. In the current study, we tested whether 17-month-old infants are able to track the status of a communicator’s epistemic state and use this to infer what she intends to refer to. Our results show that manipulating whether or not a communicator has a false belief leads infants to different interpretations of the same communicative act, and demonstrate early mental state attribution in a pragmatic context.
|School:||Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences|
|Research Centre:||Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)|
|Date Deposited:||10 Dec 2014 13:47|
|Last Modified:||02 Dec 2016 11:12|
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