Children Talk About the Mind

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Oxford University Press, 26 янв. 1995 г. - Всего страниц: 248
What, exactly, do children understand about the mind? And when does that understanding first emerge? In this groundbreaking book, Karen Bartsch and Henry Wellman answer these questions and much more by taking a probing look at what children themselves have to tell us about their evolving conceptions of people and their mental lives. By examining more than 200,000 everyday conversations (sampled from ten children between the ages of two and five years), the authors advance a comprehensive "naive theory of mind" that incorporates both early desire and belief-desire theories to trace childhood development through its several stages. Throughout, the book offers a splendidly written account of extensive original findings and critical new insights that will be eagerly read by students and researchers in developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, philosophy, and psycholinguistics.

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An Introduction
3
Methods
17
3 Talk about Thoughts and Beliefs
37
4 Talk about Desires
65
5 Desires and Beliefs
95
6 Explanations and Arguments
112
7 Individual Differences
127
8 Childrens Developing Theory of Mind
143
9 Alternatives and Controversies
174
Questions and Conclusions
206
REFERENCES
217
INDEX
227
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Стр. 186 - Predict that the agent will act in a way that will satisfy his desires. H2 Predict that the agent will act in a way that would satisfy his desires if his beliefs were true.
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Стр. 219 - Early conversations about causality: Content, pragmatics, and developmental change. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 11, 107-123. Dunn, J., Brown, J., & Beardsall, L. (1991). Family talk about feeling states and children's later understanding of others
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Стр. 162 - In brief, a research tradition provides a set of guidelines for the development of specific theories. Part of those guidelines constitute an ontology which specifies, in a general way, the types of fundamental entities which exist in the domain or domains within which the research tradition is embedded. The function of specific theories within the research tradition is to explain all the empirical problems in the domain by 'reducing...
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Стр. 86 - ... different from the outcomes they point toward or the actions that would satisfy them. Moreover, young children refer to desires that differ across individuals and that are subjective. Abe (2: 10): No. Adult: You don't like it? Abe: You like it? Adult: Yes. 1 do. Abe: But I don't like it. Adult: No, I don't want any (watcr poured on her). Sarah (2: 11): Why? Adult: Because I don't like to get wet. Sarah: Huh. Don't like to get wet? Swim? You want you swim?
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