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The Role of Mental State Language on Young Children’s Introspective Ability

Abstract A cornerstone of children’s socio-cognitive development is understanding that others can have knowledge, thoughts, and perceptions that differ from one’s own. Preschool-aged children often have difficulty with this kind of social understanding, i.e., they lack an explicit theory of mind. The goal of this dissertation was to examine the role mental state language as a developmental mechanism of children’s early understanding of their own mental states (i.e., their introspective ability). Specifically, it was hypothesized that (1) parents’ ability to recognize and appropriately label their children’s mental states and (2) children’s linguistic ability to distinguish between their mental states shapes the development of children’s introspectiv... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Gonzales, Christopher R. (Author) / Fabricius, William V. (Advisor) / Spinrad, Tracy (Committee member) / Glenberg, Arthur (Committee member) / Horne, Zachary (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Developmental psychology / Introspection / Social Understanding / Theory of Mind
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 101 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Psychology 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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