Revue de neuropsychologie


TOM-15: a false-belief task to assess cognitive theory of mind Volume 4, issue 3, Juillet-Août-Septembre 2012


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Inserm, U1077, Caen, France, Université de Caen Basse-Normandie, UMR-S1077,Caen, France, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Études, UMR-S1077, Caen, France, CHU de Caen, UMR-S1077, Caen, France, CHU de Caen, Service de psychiatrie de l’enfant et de l’adolescent, Caen, France, CHU de Caen, Service de neurologie, Caen, France, LUNAM Université, Université d’Angers, UPRES EA 4638, Angers, France

Cognitive theory of mind (ToM) refers to the ability to deduce the mental states of other people, as their beliefs and intentions. In the field of neuropsychology, its assessment can contribute to a better understanding of the behavioral problems observed in different pathologies. We present a false belief task with 15 stories, 8 of 1st order, and 7 of 2nd order, as well as data collected in 175 healthy subjects, aged from 20 to 90 years. Data are provided for 5 age groups and 2 educational levels.