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Action anticipation through attribution of false belief by 2 year olds

Southgate, Victoria and Senju, Atsushi and Csibra, Gergely (2007) Action anticipation through attribution of false belief by 2 year olds. Psychological Science 18 (7), pp. 587-592. ISSN 0956-7976.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9280.2007.01944.x

Abstract

Two-year-olds engage in many behaviors that ostensibly require the attribution of mental states to other individuals. Yet the overwhelming consensus has been that children of this age are unable to attribute false beliefs. In the current study, we used an eyetracker to record infants' looking behavior while they watched actions on a computer monitor. Our data demonstrate that 25-month-old infants correctly anticipate an actor's actions when these actions can be predicted only by attributing a false belief to the actor.

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School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2012 08:41
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4672

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