Deaf children of hearing parents show a protracted delay in perfor-mance on ‘theory of mind’ measures that suggests they encounterdifficulties in acquiring knowledge of false beliefs and other mentalstates. Considerable evidence indicates that children’s early experi-ence of adults’ mental state talk predicts their later social-cognitivedevelopment. However, no previous study has analyzed very youngdeaf children’s access to conversation about mental states. We com-pared the conversational turn-taking and input of hearing parentsto deaf and hearing children aged 17–35 months in the UK andSweden. Mothers of hearing children used far more cognitive men-tal state language with their infants and their conversations werecharacterized by more communicatively effective turn-taking thanmothers of deaf children. Across two different cultures, these find-ings indicate that conversations differ significantly in these aspectsof interaction thought to be crucial for later social-cognitive devel-opment.
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|Titolo:||Mental state language and quality of conversational experience in deaf and hearing children|
|Autori:||Morgan, G; Meristo, M; Mann, W; Hjelmquist, E; Surian, Luca; Siegal, Michael|
|Titolo del periodico:||COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT|
|Anno di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-84888414234|
|Codice identificativo WOS:||WOS:000332050900004|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cogdev.2013.10.002|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||03.1 Articolo su rivista (Journal article)|