非合理的事象は幼児の誤信念理解を促進するか:自己の驚きを手がかりとした心的状態の推論

Translated title of the contribution: Irrational Outcomes Promote Young Children's Understanding of False Beliefs

佐藤 賢輔, 実藤 和佳子

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Abstract

The present study investigated whether surprising outcomes promote young children’s understanding of false beliefs. Thirty-three 3-year-olds (3;4–4;3) and 36 4-year-olds (4;4–5;3) completed three kinds of false belief tasks. One of the tasks included irrational events (an object in a pot suddenly disappeared and another object appeared unexpectedly). The other two tasks had a similar story structure to the “irrational task” did not include the surprising disappearance/appearance of objects. Children in both age groups gave more correct answers on the irrational tasks than on the other two tasks. Although the proportion of correct answers for irrational tasks did not significantly exceed a chance level, consistency of answers on the irrational tasks was high, especially among 4-year-olds. These findings suggest that children used the surprising experiences aroused by irrational events as a cue to draw inferences about others’ and their own false beliefs. The results also indicate that children’s hindsight bias may interfere with their mind-reading processes, and that a mechanism to represent false beliefs is in operation before children become able to pass standard false belief tasks.
Translated title of the contributionIrrational Outcomes Promote Young Children's Understanding of False Beliefs
Original languageJapanese
Pages (from-to)348-357
Number of pages10
Journal発達心理学研究
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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