Visible Social Interactions Do Not Support the Development of False Belief Understanding in the Absence of Linguistic Input: Evidence from Deaf Adult Homesigners

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Gagne, Deanna L.; Coppola, Marie;
  • Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
  • Journal: Frontiers in Psychology,volume 8 (issn: 1664-1078, eissn: 1664-1078)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00837, pmc: PMC5454053
  • Subject: theory of mind (ToM) | false photograph | Psychology | Nicaraguan Sign Language | Original Research | visual perspective taking | deafness | false belief task | homesign

Congenitally deaf individuals exhibit enhanced visuospatial abilities relative to normally hearing individuals. An early example is the increased sensitivity of deaf signers to stimuli in the visual periphery (Neville and Lawson, 1987a). While these enhancements are rob... View more