Conceptual perspective taking in 2- to 6-year-old children

Daniel G. Mossler, Robert S. Marvin, Mark T. Greenberg

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Tested whether young children could infer another persons' perspective by showing 80 2-6 yr olds 2 videotaped stories which included audio information describing the action, and later reshowing the films to the Ss and their mothers, with the audio turned off. The Ss were then asked questions about their mothers' knowledge of the action and asked to justify their answers. Few or none of the 2- and 3-yr-olds answered nonegocentrically but most to all of the 4-, 5-, and 6-yr-olds did. The ability to make a correct inference appeared somewhat earlier than the ability to justify it. Results are compared to those from other studies. (3 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-86
Number of pages2
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1976

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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