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Reducing the language content in ToM tests: A developmental scale.

Authors
  • Burnel, Morgane1
  • Perrone-Bertolotti, Marcela1
  • Reboul, Anne2
  • Baciu, Monica1
  • Durrleman, Stephanie3
  • 1 Department of Psychology, CNRS, LPNC, University Grenoble Alpes.
  • 2 Department of Psychology, CNRS-UMR5304, University Lyon 1.
  • 3 Psycholinguistics Department, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Geneva.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Developmental psychology
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2018
Volume
54
Issue
2
Pages
293–307
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1037/dev0000429
PMID: 29154651
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The goal of the current study was to statistically evaluate the reliable scalability of a set of tasks designed to assess Theory of Mind (ToM) without language as a confounding variable. This tool might be useful to study ToM in populations where language is impaired or to study links between language and ToM. Low verbal versions of the ToM tasks proposed by Wellman and Liu (2004) for their scale were tested in 234 children (2.5 years to 11.9 years). Results showed that 5 of the tasks formed a scale according to both Guttman and Rasch models whereas all 6 tasks could form a scale according to the Rasch model only. The main difference from the original scale was that the Explicit False Belief task could be included whereas the Knowledge Access (KA) task could not. The authors argue that the more verbal version of the KA task administered in previous studies could have measured language understanding rather than ToM. (PsycINFO Database Record

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