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Does Training Production of Tensed Complements Accelerate the Development of Theory of Mind?

Clausen-Bruun, Mette LU (2013) KOGM20 20131
Cognitive Science
Abstract
Linguistic deterministic theory proposes that tensed complements structure and prepare children’s ability to
understand that others can have beliefs that might not be true, a so-called Theory of Mind (ToM). Others found that
training production of mental verbs advanced four-to-five year-olds’ ToM. In this pilot study 46 pre-schoolers
completed a programme consisting of 16 intervention sessions, during which all children were read stories
enriched with tensed complements. After the story reading, half of the children were trained in the active production of tensed complements. The trained children did not differ from the children that were passively exposed to tensed complements. This renders no support to the role of active production... (More)
Linguistic deterministic theory proposes that tensed complements structure and prepare children’s ability to
understand that others can have beliefs that might not be true, a so-called Theory of Mind (ToM). Others found that
training production of mental verbs advanced four-to-five year-olds’ ToM. In this pilot study 46 pre-schoolers
completed a programme consisting of 16 intervention sessions, during which all children were read stories
enriched with tensed complements. After the story reading, half of the children were trained in the active production of tensed complements. The trained children did not differ from the children that were passively exposed to tensed complements. This renders no support to the role of active production of such complements in ToM development. The findings lead to questioning of the concept of ToM as well as its relation to language. (Less)
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author
Clausen-Bruun, Mette LU
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organization
course
KOGM20 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Theory of Mind, language, tensed complements, mental verbs, active production of tensed complements
language
English
id
4139686
date added to LUP
2013-11-19 10:08:46
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  abstract     = {Linguistic deterministic theory proposes that tensed complements structure and prepare children’s ability to
understand that others can have beliefs that might not be true, a so-called Theory of Mind (ToM). Others found that
training production of mental verbs advanced four-to-five year-olds’ ToM. In this pilot study 46 pre-schoolers
completed a programme consisting of 16 intervention sessions, during which all children were read stories
enriched with tensed complements. After the story reading, half of the children were trained in the active production of tensed complements. The trained children did not differ from the children that were passively exposed to tensed complements. This renders no support to the role of active production of such complements in ToM development. The findings lead to questioning of the concept of ToM as well as its relation to language.},
  author       = {Clausen-Bruun, Mette},
  keyword      = {Theory of Mind,language,tensed complements,mental verbs,active production of tensed complements},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Does Training Production of Tensed Complements Accelerate the Development of Theory of Mind?},
  year         = {2013},
}