The missing explanation of the false-belief advantage in bilingual children: a longitudinal study

  • Vanessa Diaz, M. Jeffrey Farrar
  • Developmental Science, September 2017, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1111/desc.12594

Why may bilingual children have an advanced understanding of the mind?

What is it about?

A study looking at children's understanding of the mind over time. What factors at time 1 predict bilingual and monolingual children's understanding of the mind a year later?

Why is it important?

So far no one had answered the question of WHY bilingual children may have an advanced understanding of the mind. The main suggestion that is was due to executive functioning turned out not to be confirmed. Instead, bilingual children's understanding of the nature of language was the most significant predictor of their understanding of the mind.


Vanessa Diaz
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

This article to me drives home the point of how important longitudinal research is for development science.

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