Children's working understanding of knowledge sources: Confidence in knowledge gained from testimony

Robinson, E.J. and Haigh, S.N. and Nurmsoo, E (2008) Children's working understanding of knowledge sources: Confidence in knowledge gained from testimony. Cognitive Development, 23 (1). pp. 105-118. ISSN 0885-2014. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

In three experiments, children aged between 3 and 5 years (N= 38, 52, 94; mean ages 3–7 to 5–2) indicated their confidence in their knowledge of the identity of a hidden toy. With the exception of some 3-year-olds, children revealed working understanding of their knowledge source by showing high confidence when they had seen or felt the toy, and lower confidence when they had been told its identity by an apparently well-informed speaker. Correct explicit source reports were not necessary for children to show relative uncertainty when the speaker subsequently doubted the adequacy of his access to the toy. After a 2-min delay, 3–4-year-olds, unlike 4–5-year-olds, failed to see the implications of the speaker’s doubt about his access.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Erika Nurmsoo
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2012 17:38
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2012 17:41
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/32060 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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