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Sergienko E.A. Theory of Mind and social cognition

Full text in Russian: Сергиенко Е.А. Модель психического и социальное познание
Institute of Psychology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

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The paradigms comparison of Theory of Mind and social cognition is provided in the article. The provision on possibility of consideration of theory of mind as the mental mechanism of social cognition is reasoned. The comparison of two approaches shows the similarity and the distinction in the interpretation of social interactions and in the organization of researches. The example of the last research of communicative efficiency by children of preschool age is given, which shows a close associativity of this process and the development of theory of mind by both communicants. By the considering of Theory of Mind as the mental mechanism of understanding it is shown that the subjectivity of communication is characterized already for children aged four. The children of six show the big abilities of the accounting of the self-subjectivity and subjectivity of the recipient that is connected with development of higher level of understanding of mental states. In the conclusion it is said about the new opportunities of interpretation of social cognition within a paradigm of Theory of Mind.

Keywords: Theory of Mind, social cognition, social attribution, psychology of understanding, isolated cognitive paradigm


The study was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project 14-06-00025.


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Received 16 June 2015. Date of publication: 29 August 2015.

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Sergienko Еlena А. Ph.D., Professor, Head of Department of Developmental Psychology, Institute of Psychology, Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Yaroslavskaya, 13, 129366 Moscow, Russia.
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Sergienko E.A. Theory of Mind and social cognition. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2015, Vol. 8, No. 42, p. 6. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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