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What are some folk-physical principles?

- Objects are solid
- Objects exist even when we cannot see them
- Application of forces lead to movement


How would folk-physical explanations explain why the cup moves upwards from the table?

- It was acted upon by an upward force greater than gravity
- The lateral force from fingers around the cup induced sufficient friction to allow the upwards force to be effected.


What are some folk-psychological principles?

- Perceptions lead to belief
- Basic emotions and physiology lead to desire


How would folk-psychological explanations explain why the cup moves from the table?

The woman who owned the cup wanted a drink, and she thought there was drink in the cup, so she picked it up.


What is the main source of data on children's early conceptual abilities?

Big databases on what children say and what people say to children, called linguistic corpora.


What are linguistic corpora?

Big databases on what children say and what people say to children.


What are the big databases on what children say and what people say to children called?

Linguistic Corpora


At what age do children use mental verbs, and begin to contrast their own perspectives?

2 and a half years old.


At what age does the language acquisition of children begin to develop?

18 months.


How do children manage basic word learning?

Association - between hearing the name of an object, and seeing an object.


How can we be sure that children associate words being said with the object it is related to?

The child's behaviour is sensitive to the intentions of the speaker - they pay attention to the direction that the speaker is looking, enabling learning of the name of the intended object.


Tests of children's understanding of other people's preferences show what?

18 month-olds are able to suppress their own preferences, and listen to others', whereas 14 month-olds are not able to.

Suggests that basic understanding of mental states is innate.


When can children pass false belief tasks, such as the deceptive box task (Ashington & Gopnik, 1988)?

4 years old. Children 3 years and below tend to struggle.


Why do 3 year olds tend to fail false belief tasks?

They lack a conceptual understanding of how beliefs work, and the role they play in leading to intention/action. They therefore fall back to their own interpretations/beliefs of the situation.


What is a possible pragmatic problem with the deceptive box task?

Children may believe that the question is asking what another person will think is inside, if they are allowed to open it and see for themselves. Needs to be emphasised that it is the belief of the person without opening the box.


What might help infants to pass false belief tasks?

- Having siblings, especially older ones
- Parental styles, how often they talk about mental states
- Language exposure 'he thinks, he wants, etc'.
- Individual differences in cognitive control (own view/preference suppressed more easily)


What did the longitudinal study by Hughes and Ensor (2007) find out about predictive relationships of executive function and theory of mind?

Differences in early cognition is more influential on later social abilities (than differences in early social ability and the influence it has on later cognition).