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Children's attributions of beliefs to humans and God: cross-cultural evidence

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The capacity to attribute beliefs to others in order to understand action is one of the mainstays of human cognition. Yet it is debatable whether children attribute beliefs in the same way to all agents. In this paper, we present the results of a false-belief task concerning humans and God run with a sample of Maya children aged 4-7, and placed them in the context of several psychological theories of cognitive development. Children were found to attribute beliefs in different ways to humans a...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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Institution:
"University of Michigan, MI, USA"
Department:
Department of Anthropology
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Institution:
"University of Michigan, MI, USA"
Department:
Department of Anthropology
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Institution:
"University of Michigan, MI, USA"
Department:
Institute for Social Research
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"University of Michigan, MI, USA", "Institut Jean Nicod, Paris, France"
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Institute for Social Research
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Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Cognitive Science Journal website
Volume:
28
Issue:
1
Pages:
117-126
Publication date:
2004-01-01
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EISSN:
1551-6709
ISSN:
0364-0213
URN:
uuid:e58c9494-3d23-4537-b7da-3e958cd7eb62
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ora:3125

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