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Children Talk About the Mind

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
eBook, English, 1995
Oxford University Press, USA, 1995
1 online resource
9781280443299, 9780195344837, 9781602566200, 1280443294, 0195344839, 1602566208
Available in another form:
1. Children, Mind, and Language: An Introduction; 2. Language and Mind: Methods; 3. Talk about Thoughts and Beliefs; 4. Talk about Desires; 5. Desires and Beliefs; 6. Explanations and Arguments; 7. Individual Differences; 8. Children's Developing Theory of Mind; 9. Alternatives and Controversies; 10. Ordinary Talk about Persons and Minds: Questions and Conclusions; REFERENCES; INDEX; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; K; L; M; N; P; R; S; T; U; V; W