Articles by Zhenlin Wang in JoVE
The Modified Temptation Resistance Task: A Paradigm to Elicit Children's Strategic Lie-telling Lamei Wang1, Zhenlin Wang2 1College of Psychology and Sociology, Shenzhen University, 2Department of Psychology, The Education University of Hong Kong The protocol for the temptation resistance paradigm was designed to elicit 2- to 8-year-old children's strategic lie-telling behaviors. The reward of transgression was intended to be too tempting to resist, so that children's spontaneous lie-telling behavior in the presence of irreversible evidence due to the transgression could be observed.
Other articles by Zhenlin Wang on PubMed
Does Parental Mind-Mindedness Account for Cross-Cultural Differences in Preschoolers' Theory of Mind? Child Development. | Pubmed ID: 28160284 This study of 241 parent-child dyads from the United Kingdom (N = 120, M = 3.92, SD = 0.53) and Hong Kong (N = 121, M = 3.99, SD = 0.50) breaks new ground by adopting a cross-cultural approach to investigate children's theory of mind and parental mind-mindedness. Relative to the Hong Kong sample, U.K. children showed superior theory-of-mind performance and U.K. parents showed greater levels of mind-mindedness. Within both cultures parental mind-mindedness was correlated with theory of mind. Mind-mindedness also accounted for cultural differences in preschoolers' theory of mind. We argue that children's family environments might shed light on how culture shapes children's theory of mind.
Parental Mind-mindedness but Not False Belief Understanding Predicts Hong Kong Children's Lie-telling Behavior in a Temptation Resistance Task Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. | Pubmed ID: 28600925 Children can tell lies before they understand the concept of false belief. This study investigated the relationship between parental mind-mindedness, defined as the propensity of parents to view their children as mental agents with independent thoughts and feelings, and the lie-telling behavior of Hong Kong children aged 3-6years. The results confirmed earlier findings indicating that Hong Kong children's understanding of false belief is delayed; nevertheless, the participants appeared to lie just as well as children from other cultures. The lie-telling behavior of Hong Kong children was predicted by parental mind-mindedness and children's age but was unrelated to children's false belief understanding. It is suggested that children of mind-minded parents are more likely to exercise autonomy in socially ambiguous situations. Future studies should focus on the roles of parenting and children's multifaceted autonomy when addressing children's adaptive lie telling.