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Ulanova A.Yu. Theory of mind as a mental basis for a communication partner perception

Full text in Russian: Уланова А.Ю. Модель психического как ментальная основа восприятия партнера по коммуникации
Institute of Psychology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

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The article focuses on cognitive mechanisms of communicative abilities development in preschool children. The development of theory of mind is considered as a cognitive basis for communicative capabilities in children aged 4–6. One of the objectives of the study was to investigate choice of a communication partner and thus allowed to evaluate child's understanding of his/her partner mentality. The study results show that different age groups demonstrate different specificity of perception of animate and inanimate partners (a bear, a ball, other child) and realize in different ways their understanding of mental phenomena in the context of a communicative task. The obtained data show coherence between development of communication with due regard for features of a partner and tasks on theory of mind (understanding misperception), as well as understanding of mental and physical world.

Keywords: theory of mind, understanding of mental and physical world, perception of a communication partner, communication partner, successful communication


The study was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project 14-06-00025.


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Received 9 June 2014. Date of publication: 20 February 2015.

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Ulanova Anna Yu. Junior Research Associate, Institute of Psychology, Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Yaroslavskaya, 13, 129366  Moscow, Russia.

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Ulanova A. Yu. Theory of mind as a mental basis for a communication partner perception. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2015, Vol. 8, No. 39, p. 9. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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