A Critical Review of Theory of Mind: Are We Really Measuring What We Think We're Measuring

dc.contributor.advisorCoyle, Thomas R.
dc.contributor.authorElpers, Karrie
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPillow, David
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWeston, Rebecca
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGolob, Edward
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLawson, Monica
dc.creator.orcidhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6148-7703
dc.date.accessioned2024-02-09T20:49:04Z
dc.date.available2024-02-09T20:49:04Z
dc.date.issued2021
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dc.description.abstractThis study addresses the lack of consistent definitions for theory of mind (ToM). In order to better understand ToM as a construct, this study reviews previous ToM research and proposes several, theoretically-based models of different specific, general latent variables which include cognitive and affective ToM, type 1 and type 2 ToM, verbal and nonverbal ToM, and unidimensional ToM. This study tests which, if any, of these specific, general latent variables best reflects a set of diverse ToM tasks using correlated factors models, bifactor models, a general model, and an exploratory factor analysis. Results from each of these analyses consistently suggest that ToM is best reflected by a general ToM variable without specific latent variables. This suggests that it is inappropriate to characterize certain ToM measures as cognitive or affective, type 1 or type 2, or verbal or nonverbal measures. Rather, all ToM measures capture unidimensional ToM. Suggestions for future research are discussed.
dc.description.departmentPsychology
dc.format.extent152 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.isbn9798505536353
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12588/3330
dc.languageen
dc.subjectcognitive empathy
dc.subjectmentalizing
dc.subjectmindreading
dc.subjectsocial cognition
dc.subjecttheory of mind
dc.subject.classificationPsychology
dc.titleA Critical Review of Theory of Mind: Are We Really Measuring What We Think We're Measuring
dc.typeThesis
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thesis.degree.departmentPsychology
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy

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