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(p. 19) The Development of Social Cognition in Theory and Action 

(p. 19) The Development of Social Cognition in Theory and Action
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(p. 19) The Development of Social Cognition in Theory and Action
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Kristen E. Lyons

and Melissa A. Koenig

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199777587.003.0001
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date: 19 October 2020

The goal of this chapter is to provide an overview of how typically developing individuals come to understand the nuances of the psychological world. The term theory of mind (ToM) refers to the framework that informs children’s and adults’ understanding of behavior. Core elements of this understanding include the notions that other people have intentions, desires, and beliefs; these internal mental states motivate other people’s behavior; mental states and processes are based on an individual’s previous experience; and mental representations may differ between individualsand from reality.

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