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the ability for a person to connect emotional states to themselves and others and understand that other people may have different beliefs, desires, or intentions from one's self. It is intimately connected with the development of a person's ability to analyze and interpret the intentions of others.
Synonyms: mentalizing
Social Function
VSochat about two years ago.

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Tasks that are asserted to measure theory of mind

TaskContrast Measure

False Belief task
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    why/how task
    • why minus how
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    • why face minus how face
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    • why hand minus how hand
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    • [why face minus how nonsocial] minus [why nonsocial minus how face]
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    • [why hand minus how nonsocial] minus [why nonsocial minus how hand]
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    false belief task
    • false belief question minus false picture question
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    Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales Development Profile
    • understanding
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    theory of mind task
    • average score minus participant's score
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    deception task
    • object occlusion and misinformation scores
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    • accuracy
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    Term History

    REVISION 5

    Definition contributed by MChen about six years ago:the ability for a person to connect emotional states to themselves and others and understand that other people may have different beliefs, desires, or intentions from one's self. It is intimately connected with the development of a person's ability to analyze and interpret the intentions of others.

    REVISION 4

    Definition contributed by DLau about eight years ago:the ability for a person to connect emotional states to themselves and others and understand that other people may have different beliefs, desires, or intentions from one's self. It is intimately connected with the development of a person's ability to analyze and interpret the intentions of others.

    REVISION 3

    Definition contributed by DLau about eight years ago:the ability for a person to connect emotional states to themselves and others and understand that one may have different beliefs, desires, or intentions from others. It is intimately connected with the development of a person's ability to analyze and interpret the intentions of others.

    REVISION 2

    Definition contributed by DLau about eight years ago:the ability for a person to connect emotional states to themselves and others. It is intimately connected with the development of a person's ability to analyze and interpret the intentions of others.

    REVISION 1

    Definition contributed by SAdministrator about nine years ago:No definition submitted yet

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