Reading the Mind in the Eyes test (Child)
Author of Tool:
Baron-Cohen, S. Wheelwright, S. Scahill, V. Lawson, J. and Spong, A.
Baron-Cohen, S. Wheelwright, S. Scahill, V. Lawson, J. and Spong, A. (2001). Are intuitive physics and intuitive psychology independent? A test with children with Asperger Syndrome. Journal of Developmental and Learning Disorders 5:47-78
Primary use / Purpose:
The Reading the Mind in the Eyes task has been used to determine a child’s aptitude for “folk psychology” (understanding social causality). It is a series of 28 images of eyes depicting emotion states, with forced choice between 4 mental-state terms for each.
The Reading the Mind in the Eyes test was originally developed for adults in 1997, to demonstrate the deficits of theory of mind in those with autism spectrum disorders. It was revised for children to include age-appropriate vocabulary. Similar results to adult tests were found, such that children with Aspergers syndrome underperform relative to normal children.
Validity of the adult version of the task is discussed in Baron-Cohen, S. Wheelwright, S. and Hill, J. (2001).
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Reading the Mind in the Eyes (child)