Little pranksters: Inhibitory control mediates the relationship between false belief understanding and practical joking in young children

Zhenlin WANG, Lamei WANG

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Abstract

To successfully pull a practical joke, children need to understand that their victims do not know what they know, be able to intentionally manipulate others’ beliefs, and maintain a straight face to safeguard the integrity of the joke. This study examined the relationship between children’s developing theory of mind (ToM), inhibitory control, and their ability to pull a practical joke. Results from 95 children between ages 2 and 6 showed that children’s ability to pull a practical joke was significantly related to their age, false belief understanding, inhibitory control, and verbal ability. In addition, inhibitory control mediated the relation between false belief understanding and practical joking. The findings demonstrated that practical joking is inherently effortful. Copyright © 2021 AERA21.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Citation

Wang, Z., & Wang, L. (2021, April). Little pranksters: Inhibitory control mediates the relationship between false belief understanding and practical joking in young children [Virtual]. Paper presented at the 2021 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (AERA21): Accepting Educational Responsibility, USA.

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