Eirini Papachristou


In the present work, an attempt is made, through the bibliographic review, to define and clarify the term "Theory of Mind", to determine the context in which this theory was originally developed, to briefly present the scientific theories that attempted to interpret its development and finally to describe the development of Theory of Mind in pre-school children, as evidenced by the international literature.

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