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Bridging the gap between implicit and explicit understanding: How language development promotes the processing and representation of false belief.
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PMID:  22429036     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Recent advancements in the field of infant false-belief reasoning have brought into question whether performance on implicit and explicit measures of false belief is driven by the same level of representational understanding. The success of infants on implicit measures has also raised doubt over the role that language development plays in the development of false-belief reasoning. In the current paper, we argue that children's performance on disparate measures cannot be used to infer similarities in understanding across different age groups. Instead, we argue that development must continue to occur between the periods when children can reason implicitly and then explicitly about false belief. We then propose mechanisms by which language associated with false-belief tasks facilitates this transition by assisting with both the processes of elicited response selection and the formation of metarepresentational understanding.
Valerie San Juan; Janet Wilde Astington
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-07-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of developmental psychology     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0261-510X     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Dev Psychol     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8308022     Medline TA:  Br J Dev Psychol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  105-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2011 The British Psychological Society.
University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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