To observe them all together, the author wanted to analyze adolescents' most sophisticated relations: family relations.
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The results seemed to indicate that in the context of their family, adolescents have more emotional inference than social inference or intentions - that is, they have more thoughts about their parents' feelings. If they have to describe their parents' relations, they seem to have more ToM overall inference. Theory of Mind ToM is the specific cognitive ability to understand others as intentional agents - that is, to interpret others' minds in terms of theoretical concepts of intentional states such as beliefs and desires.
By "theory of mind," the author means one's ability to infer the full range of mental states beliefs, desires, intentions, imagination, emotions, etc. In brief, having a theory of mind is to be able to reflect on the contents of one's own and others' minds. This ability has been extensively studied in both normal and abnormal development.
ToM is usually acquired by years of age, and it is generally correlated with language ability in children with normal development and in autistic populations. Behavioral studies have shown that individuals with autism, depending on their level of functioning age, often have delayed development of, or a qualitatively dissimilar, ToM. An important ability necessary for the development of ToM is to infer another's emotions from facial expression.
In a similar task of emotional inference that implicated emotional perception and language comprehension, the autistic population has shown low ability Koyama, Nevertheless, ToM does not develop before the age of 3 or 4 years. Researchers set up a series of experimental tests in order to check whether children between 3 and 5 years of age were able to attribute a false belief to someone else Baron-Cohen et al.
The False Belief Task, as it is called, defines a sharp watershed between a stage of development in which children have a sort of "transparent" reading of mind and reality; that is, they can easily distinguish between what is the case and what people believe is the case.
This has been taken as an important piece of evidence of the development of a domain-specific ability in dealing with mentalistic concepts, such as belief, which does not seem to be available in earlier stages.
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Children of Muslim parents differentiated the most between God's mind and human minds i. These findings delineate the ways in which religious context differences influence concepts of God from the earliest formation.
Statement of contribution What is already known on this subject? Children's concept of God develops during the preschool years. The degree of anthropomorphism in children's concept of God varies. What does this study add? Muslim children have a strong differentiation between what God's mind and human minds can do.
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