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Theory of mind: The ability to understand self and others as agents who act on the basis of their mental states, such as beliefs, desires, emotions, and intentions. Mindblindness: The inability to understand and theorize about other people’s thoughts; a basic characteristic of people who suffer from autism. False belief: The understanding that someone else may believe something that a child knows to be untrue. False belief paradigm: An experimental task used to assess a child’s understanding that others may believe something the child knows to be untrue. Recursive thinking: The ability to think about other people thinking about your thinking. Hostile attributional bias: A tendency to interpret others’ behaviors to be hostile and intentional rather than benign. Joint attention: A process in which an individual looks at the same object that someone else is looking at, but also looks at the person to make sure that they are both involved with the same thing.
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