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Infant attention to intentional action predicts preschool theory of mind.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18331149     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This research examines whether there are continuities between infant social attention and later theory of mind. Forty-five children were studied as infants and then again as 4-year-olds. Measures of infant social attention (decrement of attention during habituation to displays of intentional action) significantly predicted later theory of mind (false-belief understanding). Possibly, this longitudinal association could have been explained by more general developments in IQ, verbal competence, or executive function (rather than continuities in the realm of social cognition). However, the association remained significant and undiminished even when IQ, verbal competence, and executive function were controlled. The findings thus provide strong support for an important continuity in social cognition separable from continuities in more general information processing.
Henry M Wellman; Sarah Lopez-Duran; Jennifer LaBounty; Betsy Hamilton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental psychology     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0012-1649     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Psychol     Publication Date:  2008 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-03-11     Completed Date:  2008-06-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260564     Medline TA:  Dev Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  618-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0406, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Child Psychology*
Child, Preschool
Exploratory Behavior
Facial Expression
Habituation, Psychophysiologic
Imitative Behavior
Inhibition (Psychology)
Longitudinal Studies
Personal Construct Theory*
Problem Solving
Psychomotor Performance
Grant Support
22149//PHS HHS

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