Theory of Mind and Features of Creating Discourse in Children from 4 to 6 Years



Th e article presents the results of a study of the Th eory of Mind as a mental basis of the process of creating narrations during communication. Methodical tasks and methods of evaluation were con-structed to describe communication messages. Analysis of various information parameters of narra-tions was carried out on basis of more than 150 retellings of preschool children about events relating diff erent content: events of mental and physical causality and humorous events. Th e results demon-strate the consistency in development of mental understanding and informative retellings as well as some features in the construction of narratives.

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Keywords: Theory of mind, communicative success, narrative discourse, the information content of messages

Journal rubric: 20th International Scientific Conference “Psychology of the 21st Century: Russian

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Ulanova A.Y. Theory of Mind and Features of Creating Discourse in Children from 4 to 6 Years. Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Psychology, 2016. no. 3, pp. 151–158. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Anna Y. Ulanova, PhD in Psychology, Senior Researcher, Institute of Psychology of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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