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