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Behav Brain Funct. 2008; 4: 51.
Published online Nov 11, 2008. doi:  10.1186/1744-9081-4-51
PMCID: PMC2615424
Can only intelligent children do mind reading: The relationship between intelligence and theory of mind in 8 to 11 years old
Anto P Rajkumar,1 Simpson Yovan,1 Anoop L Raveendran,1 and Paul Swamidhas Sudhakar Russellcorresponding author1
1Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit, Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu – 632002, India
corresponding authorCorresponding author.
Anto P Rajkumar: antoprajkumar/at/cmcvellore.ac.in; Simpson Yovan: simpson_nn/at/cmcvellore.ac.in; Anoop L Raveendran: dr_anoop2001/at/yahoo.com; Paul Swamidhas Sudhakar Russell: russell/at/cmcvellore.ac.in
Received July 14, 2008; Accepted November 11, 2008.
Abstract
Background
The mind reading ability of children has evoked wide interest, but its relationship with general cognitive abilities remains obscure.
Methods
We studied the relationship between the mind reading ability and general intelligence. Children (N = 105) between 8 to 11 years from educational institutions were assessed for the mind reading ability using Picture Sequencing Task and Unexpected Contents Theory of Mind task. We used Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire to rule out psychiatric morbidity. An independent investigator quantified intelligence and adaptive behavior with Binet- Kamat Test of intelligence and Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale respectively. We employed bivariate and multivariate statistical tests.
Results
We demonstrated that mind reading ability was not significantly related to general intelligence or its domains except for the social intelligence after controlling the confounders methodologically and statistically.
Conclusion
These findings argue that mind reading skill exists as an independent cognitive domain and has clinical, research as well as educational implications.
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