Children's understanding of the distinction between intentions and desires.

@article{Schult2002ChildrensUO,
  title={Children's understanding of the distinction between intentions and desires.},
  author={Carolyn A Schult},
  journal={Child development},
  year={2002},
  volume={73 6},
  pages={
          1727-47
        }
}
Much of the previous research on children's understanding of intentions confounded intentions with desires. Intentions and desires are different, in that a desire can be satisfied in a number of ways, but an intention must be satisfied by carrying out the intended action. Children 3 through 7 years of age and adults were presented with situations in which intentions were satisfied but desires were not, or vice versa, in a story-comprehension task (N = 71) and a target-hitting game (N = 45… CONTINUE READING

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