Developmental aspects of consciousness: How much theory of mind do you need to be consciously aware?

Consciousness and Cognition 12 (1):63-82 (2003)
When do children become consciously aware of events in the world? Five possible strategies are considered for their usefulness in determining the age in question. Three of these strategies ask when children show signs of engaging in activities for which conscious awareness seems necessary in adults , and two of the strategies consider when children have the ability to have the minimal form of higher-order thought necessary for access consciousness and phenomenal consciousness, respectively. The tentative answer to the guiding question is that children become consciously aware between 12 and 15 months.
Keywords *Awareness  *Cognitive Ability  *Cognitive Development  *Cognitive Processes  *Theory of Mind  Childhood Development  Explicit Memory  Verbal Communication
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DOI 10.1016/S1053-8100(02)00010-7
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