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Babies Capable of Tracking Others’ Mental States, Says Study

Babies Capable of Tracking Others’ Mental States, Says Study

Children's Health, NEWS
A brain-imaging study has confirmed the notion that infants can accurately track other people’s beliefs, and they have the ability to know other people’s mental states.  The study at the University of Illinois (UI), posted on the university’s website, showed that when seven-month-old infants viewed videos of an actor who saw or failed to see, an object being moved to a new location, they had changing activities in a brain region known to play a role in processing others’ beliefs, just like adults watching the same videos. “This suggests that the infant brain, like that of adults, may distinguish when others hold true and false beliefs,” said UI psychology professor Daniel Hyde, who led the study. UI researchers used the same brain-imaging methodology of looking at activity in the temp