Adult's and preschooler's understanding of implicit causality

Authors

  • Agota Major Filozofski fakultet, Novi Sad
  • Fabia Franco Middlesex University, UK
  • Marija Zotović Filozofski fakultet, Novi Sad

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.19090/pp.2010.1.23-38

Keywords:

Theory of mind, implicit causality, age, mother language

Abstract

This study aims to investigate the effect of theory of mind, age and mother language on implicit causality in adults and preschoolers. Adults and children aged 3-7 years participated in this study. The participants were Serbian or Hungarian native speakers. The stimuli were stateand action verbs that are describing interpersonal events. The verbs were presented in the form of simple interaction 'Subject verb Object'. Children were first asked 'Why does S verb O?' and responses were categorized as based on ‘something about S’ or ‘something about O'. The results showed that still at the age of 5 children do not fully understand some items, i.e., they do not make adult-like attributions for interpersonal events. However, there appear to be some variations linked to the different languages and Theory of Mind status.

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Published

28.03.2010

How to Cite

Major, A., Franco, F., & Zotović, M. (2010). Adult’s and preschooler’s understanding of implicit causality. Primenjena Psihologija, 3(1), 23–38. https://doi.org/10.19090/pp.2010.1.23-38

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