Language and Theory of Mind

With Jorie Koster-Hale, Rebecca Saxe, Jennie PyersRachel Benedict, Rachel Magid and Jenny Lu

Though there is substantial evidence that the age a person acquires language is related to their development of theory of mind, the exact nature of this relationship is still unclear. Deaf people who use ASL represent a special population because their exposure to language and age of acquisition varies depending on whether their parents are Deaf (and use ASL with them from birth) or are hearing (and are delayed in using ASL). Using neuroimaging, we interested in how these unique language backgrounds influence the developmental trajectory of theory of mind as well as theory of mind processing in general. Keep an eye out for the results of this study!