Preschoolers' attributions of mental states in pretense.

  title={Preschoolers' attributions of mental states in pretense.},
  author={C S Rosen and David C. Schwebel and Jerome L. Singer},
  journal={Child development},
  volume={68 6},
When young children appear to recognize that someone else is engaging in make-believe play, do they infer what the pretender is thinking? Are they aware that the pretender is thinking about a pretend scenario yet knows what the real situation is? Preschoolers ages 3-5 (N = 45) viewed scenes from the Barney & Friends television series depicting either make-believe or realistic actions. Children were questioned concerning the presence of pretense and the thoughts and beliefs of the TV characters… CONTINUE READING

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