Editor-in-Chief: Nickola Wolf Nelson, PhD
Editor Emerita:
Katharine G. Butler, PhD
ISSN: 0271-8294
Online ISSN: 1550-3259
Frequency: 4 issues / year
Impact Factor: 0.354
About this Issue: Theory of Mind

Dear Readers:

Beyond providing a review of current research on Theory of Mind (ToM) in children and adults, some with communication disorders, this issue transports researchers and clinicians beyond common ToM tasks into less explored ToM territory. The articles invite readers to think more deeply about what it means to imagine what is in other people’s minds. Issue editor Carol Westby conceived this issue as a way to flesh out aspects of ToM from interdisciplinary and research-to-practice perspectives. To get a flavor of the richness contained in the issue I recommend reading her Issue Editor Foreword first (Westby, 2014) before delving into the articles. It is set for open access, as is my From the Editor column.

Briefly, this is what you will find…Dvash and Shamay-Tsoory provide a review of evidence regarding two separate but interacting brain networks that are associated with different forms of empathy—an emotional system and a more cognitive system. Stanzione and Schick address the question of how performance on ToM tasks might be shaped by one’s sociolinguistic experience based on research with three groups—children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing (whose language experiences may vary with the signing abilities of their parents), children who have specific language impairments, and children whose families are affected by poverty. De Villiers and de Villiers discuss theories of how language and ToM might be related, such as in needing to be able to use complement structures to express such concepts as, “She thinks the marble is in the basket.” Kimhi discusses research showing that individuals with autism may be able to use verbal skills and explicit reasoning to pass common ToM tasks, yet still have difficulty with implicit ToM processing demands in complex social contexts. Noel and Westby describe a single-subject design feasibility study of a narrative-based intervention aimed at enhancing ToM representation among youth offenders with eligibility for services based on emotional disability. Finally, Westby and Robinson support Kimhi’s recommendation for broadening the context of interventions beyond ToM assessment tasks to incorporate narratives and other social contexts using comprehensive, multi-dimensional approaches.


Nicki Nelson
Editor

Upcoming Topics
  • Pragmatic Language Development in African American Children
  • Literacy Achievements by Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in the New Era
  • Narratives of Adults with Communications Disorders
  • Transition to College for Students with Language Disorders on and off the Autism Spectrum
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