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Maternal Talk About Mental States and the Emergence of Joint Visual Attention

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Virginia Slaughter, Candida C. Peterson, Malinda Carpenter

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Abstract

Twenty-four infants were tested monthly for gaze and point following between 9 and 15 months of age and mother-infant free play sessions were also conducted at 9, 12, and 15 months (Carpenter, Nagell, Tomasello, 1998). Using this data set, this study explored relations between maternal talk about mental states during mothers' free play with their infants and the emergence of joint visual attention in infants. Contrary to hypothesis, mothers' comments about their infants' perceptual states significantly declined after their infants began to engage in joint visual attention. Comments about other mental states did not change relative to acquisition of joint visual attention skill. We speculate that after infants begin to reliably follow gaze and points, mothers may switch the focus of their conversation from their infants' visual behavior and experiences to the object of their mutual attention.

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Original languageEnglish
Article number905995592
Pages (from-to)640-659
Number of pages20
JournalInfancy
Volume13
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Research areas

  • OF-MIND DEVELOPMENT, FALSE-BELIEF, LANGUAGE, CHILDREN, MOTHER, INFANT, METAANALYSIS, MINDEDNESS, AUTISM, OTHERS

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