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Do kids tease us?

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The book “Humor y teoría de la mente en niños menores de cinco años” published by Ediciones UCC derives from a research project that seeks to show how children under five produce humor, particularly a type of humor we know as teasing. Can a 20-month-, 2-year- or 5-year-old kid tease us? The research shows that they can. For now, I would like to explain what it means to tease.Teasing is one of the most complex exercises that our social cognition can imagine. Teasing requires planning and a process that psychologists call theory of mind. The theory of mind is nothing more than the ability to understand the other’s mental state and interpret it. It is one of the most important human abilities that enables us to live in society.

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