Executive function in middle childhood and the relationship with theory of mind

J. Wilson, G. Andrews, C. Hogan, S. Wang, Ho Keung David Shum

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A group of 126 typically developing children (aged 5–12 years) completed three cool executive function tasks (spatial working memory, stop signal, intra-extra dimensional shift), two hot executive function tasks (gambling, delay of gratification), one advanced theory of mind task (strange stories with high versus low affective tone), and a vocabulary test. Older children performed better than younger children, consistent with the protracted development of hot and cool executive functions and theory of mind. Multiple regression analyses showed that hot and cool executive functions were correlated but they predicted theory of mind in different ways.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-182
Number of pages20
JournalDevelopmental Neuropsychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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