Understanding the Sally-Anne test

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The Sally–Anne test is a psychological assessment commonly utilized in developmental psychology to evaluate an individual’s social cognitive capacity to attribute false beliefs to others. This test was prominently introduced by Simon Baron-Cohen, Alan M. Leslie, and Uta Frith in 1985. Subsequently, in 1988, Leslie and Frith replicated the experiment, this time using human actors instead of dolls, and obtained comparable results.

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