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Infants Attribute Mental States to Nonhuman Agents

Yuyan Luo and You-jung Choi

in Social Perception: Detection and Interpretation of Animacy, Agency, and Intention

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780262019279
eISBN:
9780262315029
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262019279.003.0011
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

Recent research shows that from an early age, infants appear to attribute mental states such as goals, dispositions, perceptions, and beliefs to agents—whether human or nonhuman. Agents are entities ... More


Learning about the mind from evidence: Children’s development of intuitive theories of perception and personality

Andrew N. Meltzoff and Alison Gopnik

in Understanding Other Minds: Perspectives from developmental social neuroscience

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199692972
eISBN:
9780191758515
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692972.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology

Where does our understanding of the mind come from? Here we focus on developmental plasticity and argue for a theory-theory account of children’s reasoning about the mind. Two examples are analyzed ... More


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