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The Influence of Fantasy on Children's Understanding of Pretense

Lillard, Angeline S and Sobel, David (1998) The Influence of Fantasy on Children's Understanding of Pretense. [Preprint] (Unpublished)

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Many have thought that children have an early appreciation of the mind in the case of pretend play. Results from several experiments are against this (Joseph, in press, Exps. 2-3; Lillard, 1993a; Lillard, 1996; Lillard, in press; Rosen, Schwebel & Singer, 1997). However, an experiment by Lillard (1996, Exp. 4) suggested that when a pretense is about a fantasy character, instead of a real entity, children might have a better understanding of the mind's involvement. The present experiment tested this, and found that indeed, when pretending to be a fantasy character is at issue, 4-year-olds are significantly more apt to indicate the mind's involvement.

Item Type:Preprint
Subjects:Psychology > Developmental Psychology
ID Code:614
Deposited By:Lillard, Angeline
Deposited On:13 Mar 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54

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