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    Knowing me, knowing you: Deictic complexity in false-belief understanding

    McHugh, Louise and Barnes-Holmes, Yvonne and Barnes-Holmes, Dermot and Whelan, Robert and Steward, Ian (2007) Knowing me, knowing you: Deictic complexity in false-belief understanding. The Psychological record, 57. pp. 533-542. ISSN 0033-2933

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    Investigators examined the role of deictic complexity in the context of false-belief understanding. Deictic relations (i.e., I and YOU, HERE and THERE, and NOW and THEN) are used to describe one’s perspective on events in the environment. Differences in complexity between responding in accordance with “I” (self) and “YOU” (other) relations are thought to be critical in explaining the relative difficulty of false-belief tasks in which taking the perspective of another plays a central role. Reaction times for false-belief tasks in which the presence of self and other relations was systematically manipulated were compared. A significant difference emerged between mean reaction times for these two sets of tasks, thus providing direct evidence that deictic relations are involved in falsebelief tasks.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Knowing me; knowing you; Deictic; complexity; false-belief; understanding;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 14768
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    Depositing User: Prof. Dermot Barnes-Holmes
    Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2021 16:13
    Journal or Publication Title: The Psychological record
    Publisher: Springer Verlag
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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