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Understanding of mind after 7 years of age: Mindreading in ambiguous situations

  • THE KOREAN JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • 2007, 20(1), pp.21-49
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Developmental Psychology
  • Research Area : Social Science > Psychological Science

김혜리 1 구재선 2 김경미 1 양혜영 1 정명숙 3 CHOI HYEON OK 1 이수미 1

1충북대학교
2중앙대학교
3꽃동네대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study has aimed to test in what aspect the child's understanding of mind develops beyond the age of 7. Three types of ToM abilities have been tested. These include; the ability to interpret others’ ambiguous social behaviors by reading their mental states, the ability to uncover the hidden meaning of a figurative statement such as irony, and the ability to understand that when a person says a "faux pas" it is due to a mistaken belief rather than from malicious intent. Each of the twenty subjects in the five age groups (7-, 9-, 11-, 13-, and adults) have participated in this study. The results demonstrate progressive attainment of the various ToM abilities as follows: children understand non-literal statements at age 7, ambiguous social behavior at age 9, and faux pas at 13 years of age.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.