Theory of mind and mental state discourse during book reading and story-telling tasks

@inproceedings{Symons2005TheoryOM,
  title={Theory of mind and mental state discourse during book reading and story-telling tasks},
  author={Douglas K. Symons and Candida C. Peterson and Virginia Slaughter and Jackie Roche and Emily Doyle},
  year={2005}
}
This article presents three studies conducted in Canada and Australia that relate theory of mind (ToM) development to mental state discourse. In Study 1, mental state discourse was examined while parents and their 5-7-year-old children jointly read a storybook which had a surprise ending about the identity of the main character. Comments specific to the mental states of the story characters and discourse after the book had ended were positively related to children's ToM, and this was due to… CONTINUE READING

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