Do theory of mind delays explain children's social problems? (2015–2019)

Abstract:
Theory of mind¿our capacity to understand what other people think and feel¿grows significantly in the preschool and early school years. This is recognized as a crucial period for social development yet 30 years of research has not yet answered these basic questions: Do children with relatively advanced theories of mind also excel at navigating the everyday world of friendship and peer group dynamics at school? And conversely, do developmental delays in acquiring a theory of mind explain some of the peer problems that children with autism or deafness face? The proposed longitudinal project will be the first to supply a comprehensive and causally convincing answer to these core questions.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
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Funded by:
Australian Research Council