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Sociocultural input facilitates children's developing understanding of extraordinary minds.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22372590     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Three- to 5-year-old (N = 61) religiously schooled preschoolers received theory-of-mind (ToM) tasks about the mental states of ordinary humans and agents with exceptional perceptual or mental capacities. Consistent with an anthropomorphism hypothesis, children beginning to appreciate limitations of human minds (e.g., ignorance) attributed those limits to God. Only 5-year-olds differentiated between humans' fallible minds and God's less fallible mind. Unlike secularly schooled children, religiously schooled 4-year-olds did appreciate another agent's less fallible mental abilities when instructed and reminded about those abilities. Among children who understood ordinary humans' mental fallibilities, knowledge of God predicted attributions of correct epistemic states to extraordinary agents. Results suggest that, at a certain point in ToM development, sociocultural input can facilitate an appreciation for extraordinary minds.
Authors:
Jonathan D Lane; Henry M Wellman; E Margaret Evans
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2012-02-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child development     Volume:  83     ISSN:  1467-8624     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Dev     Publication Date:    2012 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-02     Completed Date:  2012-07-30     Revised Date:  2014-09-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372725     Medline TA:  Child Dev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1007-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2012 The Authors. Child Development © 2012 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Child Development*
Child, Preschool
Comprehension / physiology*
Concept Formation / physiology*
Female
Humans
Judgment
Knowledge
Male
Religion
Theory of Mind*
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
HD022149/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R01 HD022149/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R01 HD022149-15/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R37 HD022149/HD/NICHD NIH HHS
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