Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Short Communication

The role of executive function in constructing an understanding of mind


Suzanne Hala a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta T2N1N4, Canada hala@ucalgary.ca http://www.psych.ucalgary.ca/People/Faculty/hala/

Abstract

Adopting a constructivist stance is not irreconcilable with executive function accounts of emerging social understanding. The executive function view allows for a gradual transition in theory of mind, while specifying the underlying cognitive processes that push that development forward. Executive function abilities can be seen as an important interactional component in the epistemic triangle.