Validity of False Belief Tasks in Blind Children

Brambring M, Asbrock D (2010)
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 40(12): 1471-1484.

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Previous studies have reported that congenitally blind children without any additional impairment reveal a developmental delay of at least 4 years in perspective taking based on testing first-order false-belief tasks. These authors interpret this delay as a sign of autism-like behavior. However, the delay may be caused by testing blind children with false-belief tasks that require visual experience. Therefore, the present study gave alternative false-belief tasks based on tactile or auditory experience to 45 congenitally blind 4-10-year-olds and 37 sighted 3-6-year-olds. Results showed criterion performance at 80 months (6; 8 years) in blind children compared with 61 months (5; 1 years) in sighted controls. It is concluded that this 19-month (1; 7 year) difference, which is comparable with delays in other developmental areas, is a developmental delay caused by the fact of congenital blindness rather than a sign of a psychopathological disorder of autism-like behavior.
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Brambring M, Asbrock D. Validity of False Belief Tasks in Blind Children. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2010;40(12):1471-1484.
Brambring, M., & Asbrock, D. (2010). Validity of False Belief Tasks in Blind Children. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40(12), 1471-1484.
Brambring, M., and Asbrock, D. (2010). Validity of False Belief Tasks in Blind Children. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 40, 1471-1484.
Brambring, M., & Asbrock, D., 2010. Validity of False Belief Tasks in Blind Children. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40(12), p 1471-1484.
M. Brambring and D. Asbrock, “Validity of False Belief Tasks in Blind Children”, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, vol. 40, 2010, pp. 1471-1484.
Brambring, M., Asbrock, D.: Validity of False Belief Tasks in Blind Children. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 40, 1471-1484 (2010).
Brambring, Michael, and Asbrock, Doreen. “Validity of False Belief Tasks in Blind Children”. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 40.12 (2010): 1471-1484.
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