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Making MindsHow Theory of Mind Develops$
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Henry M. Wellman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199334919

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199334919.001.0001

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Alternatives and Extensions

Alternatives and Extensions

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(p.145) 7 Alternatives and Extensions
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Making Minds
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Henry M. Wellman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199334919.003.0007

Theory theory, and the related constructivist, Bayesian approaches, are not the only account available attempting to explain theory-of-mind developments. What are the alternatives and how do different accounts fare and compare? This is a complex question; nonetheless, the rich data outlined to this point are useful for theory comparison and development. Thus, this chapter explores the alternatives and introduces domain-general accounts, executive-function interpretations, domain-specific accounts, modular accounts, simulation accounts, and others. No one position has all the merit, yet in the end theory theory remains an especially empirically validated, and indispensable, account.

Keywords:   theory theory, executive functions, cognitive complexity, IQ, simulation

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