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How does narrative cue children's perspective taking?

By Fenja Ziegler, P. Mitchell and G. Currie


Three experiments with a total of 120 children between 4 and 9 years of age revealed systematic errors in the recall of deictic terms from a narrative. In some cases, the terms were inconsistent with the perspective of a protagonist. The errors occurred in all age groups and were at the same level whether the protagonist was "good" or "bad" but were less common in a narrative that did not include a protagonist. The pattern of errors suggests that children adopted a perspective within the narrative. Moreover, it seems that whereas the form of the narrative is sufficient to provoke a shift in perspective, children might find it even easier to adopt a perspective when the narrative content is about a protagonist. It thus seems that the form and the content of the narrative (that it is about a person) can combine to give a strong cue to perspective. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved

Topics: C800 Psychology, C820 Developmental Psychology
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Year: 2005
DOI identifier: 10.1037/0012-1649.41.1.115
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