Theory of mind and preschoolers’ understanding of implicit causality in verbs: a comparison between Serbian and Hungarian children.

Major, Agota and Franco, Fabia and Zotovic, Marija (2010) Theory of mind and preschoolers’ understanding of implicit causality in verbs: a comparison between Serbian and Hungarian children. Psihologija, 43 (2). pp. 187-198. ISSN 0048-5705

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Abstract

This study aims to investigate the effect of theory of mind, age and mother tongue on
the implicit causality effect in preschoolers from two different language backgrounds. Serbian
and Hungarian native speakers aged 3–7 years participated in the study. After taking part
in a Theory of Mind task, children were presented verbs in simple „Subject verb Object”
sentences describing interactions between two participants, with the interactions being based
on emotional, mental or visual experiences. Children were asked “Why does S verb O?”
and their responses were categorized as containing an inference about the sentence-S or the
sentence-O. The results show that Theory of Mind is a significant factor in the emergence
of implicit causality, with age of participants and mother tongue being also contributing to
explaining patterns of implicit causality.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Language, Learning and Cognition group
ISI Impact: 0
Item ID: 7313
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Depositing User: Ms Jyoti Zade
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2011 05:50
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:22
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/7313

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