Toward a Mentalistic Account of Early Psychological Reasoning

Yuyan Luo, Renée Baillargeon
2010 Current Directions in Psychological Science  
Recent investigations of early psychological understanding have revealed three key findings. First, young infants attribute goals and dispositions to any entity they perceive as an agent, whether human or nonhuman. Second, when interpreting an agent's actions in a scene, young infants take into account the agent's representation of the scene, even if this representation is less complete than their own. Third, at least by the second year of life, infants recognize that agents can hold false
more » ... fs about a scene. Together, these findings support a system-based, mentalistic account of early psychological reasoning.
doi:10.1177/0963721410386679 pmid:21660130 pmcid:PMC3110078 fatcat:puszyec6mbfzzbgfblkqfmskiq