Who Cares If I Stand on My Head When I Pray ? Ritual In fl exibility and Mental-State Understanding in Preschoolers

@inproceedings{Shaman2016WhoCI,
  title={Who Cares If I Stand on My Head When I Pray ? Ritual In fl exibility and Mental-State Understanding in Preschoolers},
  author={Nicholas Shaman and Anondah Saide and Kirsten A. Lesage and Rebekah Richert},
  year={2016}
}
During the preschool years, children understand prayer as a form of communication and are sensitive to the physical behaviours of prayer. Theorists have suggested a connection between the ability to reason about others’ mental states and the inflexible nature of religious rituals. Thus, the current study examined this connection in preschool children’s understanding of prayer. Child-parent dyads (N = 182) from multiple religious backgrounds were interviewed about their views on how people pray… CONTINUE READING

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