Journal Article


Dermot Barnes-Holmes
Yvonne Barnes-Holmes
Louise McHugh



deception cognitive understanding belief psychology interest cognition language cognitive development

A Relational Frame Account of the Development of Complex Cognitive Phenomena: Perspective-taking, False Belief Understanding, and Deception (2004)

Abstract Cognitive psychologists have devoted considerable attention to the complex skills described as perspective-taking, understanding false belief, and deception. Much of the available research on these phenomena has been driven by a conceptual approach referred to as ‘Theory of Mind’. The current paper reviews the Theory of Mind account of perspectivetaking, false belief and deception in terms of the development of increasingly complex levels of understanding the informational states of the self and others. In contrast, these phenomena have attracted little interest traditionally from behavioral psychologists, andthe current paper presents conceptual and empirical evidence that this is changing. Specifically, an alternative approach to these skills from a functional behavioral framework is presented in the context of Relational Frame Theory, a modern behavioral account ofhuman language and cognition. The paper describes the relational frame approach to perspective-taking, false belief and deception, and presents several recent studies that have investigated this approach. The results of the studies indicate the potential utility ofthis approach and also show considerable overlap with the results of Theory of Mind research.
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Dermot Barnes-Holmes, Yvonne Barnes-Holmes, Louise McHugh

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Dermot Barnes-Holmes
Maynooth University
Total Publications: 65
Yvonne Barnes-Holmes
Maynooth University
Total Publications: 33