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Children's beliefs about what it means to have a mind [electronic resource]

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Front Matter Template Copyright by Debra Lee Davis 2004 The Dissertation Committee for Debra Lee Davis Certifies that this is the approved version of the following dissertation (or treatise): CHILDREN’S BELIEFS ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE A MIND Committee: Jacqueline Woolley, Supervisor Catherine H. Echols Rebecca S. Bigler Arthur B. Markman Benjamin J. Kuipers CHILDREN’S BELIEFS ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE A MIND by Debra Lee Davis, BA, MA, MS Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of The University of Texas at Austin in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy The University of Texas at Austin August, 2004 Dedication This dissertation is dedicated to a number of people in my life without whom I would not be where I am today: My grandmother (abuela): Maria Gil My husband and life-long friend: David Chu My mother, whose short time with me had a great impact: Mirtia Gil-Davis My father: Howard K. Davis v Acknowledgements I am very grateful to a number of people for their support and contributions to this dissertation. First and foremost among these is Jacqueline Woolley, for her interest in this research, her guidance in improving this body of work, and her patience and advice in times of frustration. She is an extraordinary role model, mentor and friend. I am also indebted to Catharine Echols, who has made numerous valuable suggestions at every stage of work about how to improve this dissertation. Thanks are also in order to: Kenneth O. Stanley for his interest in my work, unwavering support, and thoughtful insights into beliefs about the mind and brain. My research assistants, Allison Calvert and Crissy Powell, for their thought-

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