The Theory Of Mind And Perception Of Mental Activity Essay

2033 Words Nov 29th, 2016 9 Pages
According to Bjorklund and Hernandez-Blasi (2012), the theory of mind is how a child develops the perception of mental activity. It is being able to predict how the mind works and organizing facts. Once a child is able to understand how the mind works and what causes their behaviors they can understand what causes the actions of others. Theory of mind requires belief-desire reasoning.
Belief -desire reasoning proposed the idea that people predict and explain what others do based on what they understand that person beliefs and desires are. We do this by watching the person 's ideas, knowledge, opinions, and suppositions and by referring to their goals, hopes, wants, and wishes (Bjorklund & Hernandez-Blasi, 2012). Watching and referring to these factors are the aids that guide us in formulating ideas and predictions of others actions.
Researchers have created many different tasks to help assess when a child has started to understand the desires and beliefs of others. These tasks determine how much that child knows about the minds of others by having the child predict what another person would say or do. Among these tasks includes the false belief. The false belief task is a task where a child must predict if another person would believe something that is incorrect (Bjorklund & Hernandez-Blasi, 2012).
One way to test the false belief task is by using a distinctive box or object that the child is familiar with. For example, a child is shown a box of Smarties and is asked what…

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