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Making Minds: How Theory of Mind Develops

Henry M. Wellman


Psychologists and philosophers coined the term “theory of mind” to describe our everyday understanding of the shifting mental states that underpin human actions and interactions. Over the past 25 years, researchers have provided rich, provocative data showing that from an early age, children develop a sophisticated and consistent “theory of mind” by attributing desires, beliefs, and emotions to themselves and others. Infants barely a few months old avidly attend to other humans; 2-year-olds can articulate the desires and feelings of themselves and others and comfort those in distress, and 3- a ... More

Keywords: theory of mind, developmental psychology, theory theory, social cognition, social brain, infancy, preschool cognition, constructivism, child development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199334919
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199334919.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry M. Wellman, author
University of Michigan