Children's thinking about counterfactuals and future hypotheticals as possibilities
Beck, Sarah R., Robinson, Elizabeth J., Carroll, Daniel J. and Apperly, Ian. (2006) Children's thinking about counterfactuals and future hypotheticals as possibilities. Child Development, Vol.77 (No.2). pp. 413-426. ISSN 0009-3920Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2006.00879.x
Two experiments explored whether children's correct answers to counterfactual and future hypothetical questions were based on an understanding of possibilities. Children played a game in which a toy mouse could run down either 1 of 2 slides. Children found it difficult to mark physically both possible outcomes, compared to reporting a single hypothetical future event, "What if next time he goes the other way ..." (Experiment 1: 3-4-year-olds and 4-5-year-olds), or a single counterfactual event, "What if he had gone the other way ...?" (Experiment 2: 3-4-year-olds and 5-6-year-olds). An open counterfactual question, "Could he have gone anywhere else?," which required thinking about the counterfactual as an alternative possibility, was also relatively difficult.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Psychology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Child Development|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.|
|Official Date:||March 2006|
|Number of Pages:||14|
|Page Range:||pp. 413-426|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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