Developmental parallels in understanding minds and bodies

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A recent article by Onishi and Baillargeon presents evidence that 15-month-old infants attribute false beliefs (FBs) to other people. If correct, it lends dramatic new support to the idea that mental state concepts ('theory of mind') emerge from a specialized neurocognitive mechanism that matures during the second year of life. But it also raises new puzzles concerning the FB task - puzzles that have intriguing parallels in results from infants' reasoning about solid bodies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-462
Number of pages4
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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