Early childhood cog dev part 2 - 4/24/11 Coming events! Dr....

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4/24/11 1 Coming events • Dr. Ellen Bialystok talk (extra credit) – “Reshaping the mind: Benefts oF bilingualism” – ±riday, April 22, 4:00pm, Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium (Goldwin Smith) – Discussion question inFo on Blackboard, due April 25 • Assignment 4 – due Monday, May 2 (note date change) • Research paper – due May 4 Egocentrism Lacking a “theory of mind” (TOM) TOM: understanding that other people have their own mental states and intentions that are separate from the child Evidence from “false belief” tasks: Trouble with TOM Task-dependent behavior: - 3-year-old will fail false belief task but will understand that story character can have different preferences (e.g. ice cream) than his/ her own Jill deVillers: TOM task is also a language task - passing TOM task related to acquisition of relative clauses Confusing appearance and reality Tendency to focus on surface attributes (most salient features) of an object - believe that the straw has really changed
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Early childhood cog dev part 2 - 4/24/11 Coming events! Dr....

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