Children Talk About the Mind
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Children Talk About the Mind

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The authors chart the early developmental stages in children's growing awareness and understanding of mind. More than 12,000 conversations by children between the ages of one and a half and six have been recorded, allowing a comprehensive picture of the first and crucial steps in development of a theory of mind.show more

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  • Hardback | 244 pages
  • 168.7 x 226.1 x 22.9mm | 567g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • line figures, tables
  • 019508005X
  • 9780195080056

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What, exactly, do children understand about the mind? And when does that understanding first emerge? In this groundbreaking book, Karen Bartsch and Henry Wellman answer these questions and much more by taking a probing look at what children themselves have to tell us about their evolving conceptions of people and their mental lives. By examining more than 200,000 everyday conversations (sampled from ten children between the ages of two and five years), the authors advance a comprehensive "naive theory of mind" that incorporates both early desire and belief-desire theories to trace childhood development through its several stages. Throughout, the book offers a splendidly written account of extensive original findings and critical new insights that will be eagerly read by students and researchers in developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, philosophy, and psycholinguistics.show more

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a fascinating and detailed book ... a carefully written and well presented book detailing the authors thinking and analyses about children's theories of mind ... I found it stimulating and will refer back to its contents in the future. * Chris Walker, *show more

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