The Emergence of a Temporally Extended Self and Factors That Contribute to Its Development: From Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118740041
  • ISBN-13: 9781118740040
  • DDC: 155.4
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 619 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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The validity of the Delayed Self-Recognition (DSR) test was verified by comparing the performance of 57 children on the DSR test to their performance on a meta-representational task (modified false belief task) and to a task that was essentially the same as the DSR test but was specifi cally designed to rely on the capacity to entertain secondary representations (i.e., surprise body task). Longitudinal testing of the children showed that at the mental age (MA) of 2.5 years they failed the DSR test, despite training them to understand the intended functions of the medium used in the DSR test; whereas, with training, children at the MA of 3.0 and 3.5 years exhibited DSR. Children at the MA of 4 years exhibited DSR without any training. Finally, results suggest that childrens meta-representational ability was the only factor that contributed to the prediction of successful performance on the DSR test, and thus to the emergence of the temporally extended self (TES). Furthermore, prospective longitudinal data revealed that caregiver conversational style was the only factor that contributed to the prediction of level of training required to pass the DSR test. That is, children of low-elaborative caregivers required signifi cantly more training to pass the DSR test than children of high-elaborative caregivers, indicating that children who received more elaborative conversational input from their caregivers had a more advanced understanding of their TES.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
1: Development of a Temporally Extended Self.
2: Method.
3: Examining the Representational Demands of the Delayed Self-Recognition Task.
4: Do 2.5-Year-Old Children Have the Representational Ability for DSR?.
5: Examining the Developmental Transition of the Self from Its Present State to Its Temporally Extended State.
6: Effect of Mental Age on DSR Competency.
7: The Contribution of Social, Cognitive, and Linguistic Factors to the Development of the Tes.
8: The Contribution of Social, Cognitive, and Linguistic Factors to Further Advances of the TES.
9: Methodological Considerations and Directions for Future Research.
Statement of Editorial Policy.
Subject Index.