Children Talk about the Mind

Paperback | September 1, 1997

byKaren Bartsch, Henry M. Wellman

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What, exactly, do children understand about the mind? And when does that understanding first emerge? In this groundbreaking book, Karen Bartsch and Henry Wellman answer these questions and much more by taking a probing look at what children themselves have to tell us about their evolvingconceptions of people and their mental lives. By examining more than 200,000 everyday conversations (sampled from ten children between the ages of two and five years), the authors advance a comprehensive "naive theory of mind" that incorporates both early desire and belief-desire theories to tracechildhood development through its several stages. Throughout, the book offers a splendidly written account of extensive original findings and critical new insights that will be eagerly read by students and researchers in developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, philosophy, andpsycholinguistics.

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What, exactly, do children understand about the mind? And when does that understanding first emerge? In this groundbreaking book, Karen Bartsch and Henry Wellman answer these questions and much more by taking a probing look at what children themselves have to tell us about their evolvingconceptions of people and their mental lives. By ...

Karen Bartsch is at University of Wyoming. Henry M. Wellman is at University of Michigan.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.13 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:September 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019511566X

ISBN - 13:9780195115666

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Table of Contents

1. Children, Mind, and Language: An Introduction2. Language and Mind: Methods3. Talk About Thoughts and Beliefs4. Talk About Desires5. Desires and Beliefs6. Explanations and Arguments7. Individual Differences8. Children's Developing Theory of Mind9. Alternatives and Controversies10. Ordinary Talk about Persons and Minds: Questions and ConclusionsReferencesIndex

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"Bartsch and Wellman ask when and how children come to understand people as "mentalistic," i.e. people who think, know, want, wish, fear, hope, intend. . .Of interest to developmentalists, linguists, philosophers." --Choice