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Children discovery of the mind

Children develop an understanding of other’s perspective between the age of four and five years. But observation of children in a natural setting betrays an emotional precocity not tapped into by research. Professor Dunn’s work shed light on how a child’s family environment predicts the children later emotional awareness. For example the amount of shared pretend play a child engages in predicts how much they will talk about thoughts and feelings. Other work shows children use their understanding of the mind differently in different relationship for example they might appear emotionally precocious with a sibling but naive with their mother.

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