Executive Function & Theory of Mind. Meg Barrow October 14, 2010. What is executive function?. General term for higher cognitive functions that allow flexible thought & behavior Includes self-control, inhibition, working memory Marshmallow study (Mischel, 1989)
October 14, 2010
So, depleting executive function in 5-year-olds should cause them to perform worse on theory of mind tasks.
So, how does this theory of mind develop? Is it present at a young age? If so, is it the same as the theory of mind seen in older children/adults?Does it change over time?
Experimenter 1 hides an unnamed object in each of two boxes, leaves, experimenter 2 comes from behind curtain and switches the objects, experimenter 1 comes back, points to a box and asks child to get the “sefo,” see if child goes to other box
Experimenter 1 explores boxes, leaves, Experimenter 2 shows how boxes lock, Experimenter 1 returns with toy, hides toy, leaves, Experimenter 2 switches toys & locks boxes, Experimenter 1 comes back, tries to open box where she left toy, it’s locked, ask child to help, see which box they go to