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Wakako Sanefuji Last modified date:2019.05.14

Associate Professor / Department of Human Sciences / Faculty of Human-Environment Studies

1. Wakako Sanefuji, Etsuko Haryu, Preschoolers' development of theory of mind
The contribution of understanding psychological causality in stories, Frontiers in Psychology, 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00955, 9, JUN, 2018.06, This study investigated the relationship between children's abilities to understand causal sequences and another's false belief. In Experiment 1, we tested 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old children (n = 28, 28, 27, and 27, respectively) using false belief and picture sequencing tasks involving mechanical, behavioral, and psychological causality. Understanding causal sequences in mechanical, behavioral, and psychological stories was related to understanding other's false beliefs. In Experiment 2, children who failed the initial false belief task (n = 50) were reassessed 5 months later. High scorers in the sequencing of the psychological stories in Experiment 1 were more likely to pass the standard false belief task than were the low scorers. Conversely, understanding causal sequences in the mechanical and behavioral stories in Experiment 1 did not predict passing the false belief task in Experiment 2. Thus, children may understand psychological causality before they are able to use it to understand false beliefs..
2. Sayoko Yamaguchi, Wakako Sanefuji, Children's Other-Oriented Behaviors in Distress Situations, Journal of Genetic Psychology, 10.1080/00221325.2018.1499606, 179, 5, 324-328, 2018.09, Children’s other-oriented behaviors in distress situations, when observed, appear to be different depending on the kind of distress situations. The authors investigated developmental differences in children’s other-oriented behaviors by comparing two distress situations: participant-caused/other-victim and other-caused/participant-victim situations. The kinds of other-oriented behaviors younger and older children engaged in were observed under an experimental setting—two tasks that involved accidentally collapsing the object the other constructed. The results showed that other-oriented behaviors were observed irrespective of age and situations. However, the developmental changes of these behaviors were different between the two situations: Older children showed more kinds of other-oriented behaviors than younger children did in the participant-caused situation, whereas no differences between ages were observed in the participant-victim situation. Other-oriented behaviors toward the victim when the participants were at fault appeared to develop during the preschool years, whereas other-oriented behaviors toward those responsible for participants’ distress appeared to be difficult for preschoolers. The developmental origin of and changes in other-oriented behaviors in cases when children are victims should be further investigated, in additional age groups, as should the influence of cultural context..
3. Taniguchi, Y., Sanefuji, W., The boundaries of overimitation in preschool children: Effects of target and tool use on imitation of irrelevant actions, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 159, 83-95, 2017.07, 私たちは、ゴールを達成するのに必要な行為だけではなく、ゴールとは関係のない余分な行為までも模倣してしまう傾向がある。もちろん、すべての行為をむやみに模倣するわけではないことが報告されてきたが、どのような行為を特に模倣してしまうのかについては不明であった。本研究では、余分な行為の中でも、対象や行為など、ゴールとの共通点が含まれる行為を模倣しやすいことを明らかにした。.
4. Sanefuji, W., Yamamoto, T., The developmental trajectory of imitation in infants with autism spectrum disorders: A prospective study, Psychology, 10.4236/psych.2014.511142, 5, 11, 1313-1320, 2014.08.
5. Sanefuji, W., Wada, K., Yamamoto, T., Mohri, I., Taniike, M., Development of preference for conspecific faces in human infants, Developmental Psychology, 50, 979-985, 2014.04.
6. Sanefuji, W., Similar physical appearance affects friendship selection in preschoolers, Psychology, 4, 8-13, 2013.06.
7. Shizawa, M., Sanefuji, W., Mohri, I., Directing and maintaining infants’ attention in mother–infant interaction on infants with and without autism spectrum disorder, Journal of Special Education Research, 1, 3-10, 2013.02.
8. Sanefuji, W., Ohgami, H., “Being-imitated” strategy at home-based intervention for young children with autism, Infant Mental Health Journal, 34, 72-79, 2013.01.