Assistant Professor Eric D. Smith from the Department of Psychology co-authored the paper, “How is theory of mind useful? Perhaps to enable social pretend play.” You can read the article in volume six of the open-access journal, Frontiers in Psychology.
It is often claimed that theory of mind (ToM) is facilitated by pretend play (PP), or by a particular type of PP, social pretend play (SPP). Here we challenge that view, proposing instead that ToM might be useful for driving SPP, rather than the reverse. We discuss background theory, review pertinent studies, and explain why the “ToM first” view is at least equally likely. -from the article
How is theory of mind useful?
Perhaps to enable social pretend play
By Rebecca A. Dore, Eric D. Smith,
and Angeline S. Lillard
Frontiers in Psychology: Oct 15, 2015,
vol. 6, article no. 1559