Theory of Mind (ToM)—the intuitive theory by which people understand others’ actions in terms of their beliefs, desires, and emotions—undergoes dramatic change in childhood. Among adults, utilizing this intuitive theory recruits a specific network of brain regions, including the temporoparietal junction. In this chapter, we summarize recent neuroimaging evidence about the developmental origins of these functional brain regions, and the developmental changes in these regions that support ongoing ToM development in childhood. We additionally highlight several future avenues for developmental cognitive neuroscientists, which would provide insight into how the brain supports different aspects of ToM development, and how experience shapes ToM development, neurally and behaviorally.
|Title of host publication||Neural Circuit and Cognitive Development|
|Subtitle of host publication||Comprehensive Developmental Neuroscience|
|Editors||John Rubenstein, Pasko Rakic|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 10 Jun 2020|
- temporoparietal junction
- theory of mind