Young children's understanding of multiple object identity: appearance, pretense and function.

@article{Abelev2006YoungCU,
  title={Young children's understanding of multiple object identity: appearance, pretense and function.},
  author={Maxim Abelev and Ellen M. Markman},
  journal={Developmental science},
  year={2006},
  volume={9 6},
  pages={590-6}
}
Evidence from theory-of-mind tasks suggests that young children have substantial difficulty thinking about multiple object identity and multiple versions of reality. On the other hand, evidence from children's understanding of pretense indicates that children have little trouble understanding dual object identity and counterfactual scenarios that are involved in pretend play. Two studies reported here show that this competence is not limited to pretend play. Three-year-olds also understand the… CONTINUE READING

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