Children's Brains Change As They Learn To Think About Others
[Source: Medical News Today]
Researchers have shown that activity in a certain region of the brain changes as children learn to reason about what other people might be thinking.
At around the age of 4 or 5, children begin to think and reason about other people’s thoughts and emotions; they start to develop a skill that scientists call “theory of mind”.
Now, a new study shows that a region of the brain that was already known to be involved in the use of this skill in adults, changes its pattern of activity in children as they begin to acquire theory of mind reasoning for themselves.
Rebecca Saxe, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and colleagues, suggest their findings provide a good basis for studying theory of mind impairments in autistic children.
They write about their work in a paper published online on 31 July in the journal Child Development.
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