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Children Do Not Understand Concept of Others Having False Beliefs Until Age 6 or 7

[Source: Science Daily]

Understanding how others think, including the ability of other people to hold false beliefs, is important for social interaction. Called theory of mind, this ability has been thought to occur in children around age 4 years. New research suggests otherwise and shows that children do not understand others’ false beliefs until age 6 or 7 years. Young children can pass theory-of-mind experiments using rudimentary concepts of seeing and knowing, without an understanding of mental representation. This work has implications for development and education.

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