Children's sensitivity to their own relative ignorance : handling of possibilities under epistemic and physical uncertainty
Robinson, Elizabeth J., Rowley, M. J., Beck, S. R., Carroll, D. J. and Apperly, I. A.. (2006) Children's sensitivity to their own relative ignorance : handling of possibilities under epistemic and physical uncertainty. Child development, Vol.77 (No.6). pp. 1642-1655. ISSN 0009-3920
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Children were more likely correctly to specify possibilities when uncertainty resided in the physical world, and more likely to guess the outcome when objectively identical uncertainty arose from their own perspective of ignorance (epistemic uncertainty). In Experiment 1, 4-to 6-year-olds more frequently marked both doors from which a block might emerge when the outcome was undetermined, than when the block was hidden behind one door. In Experiment 2 (5-to 6- year-olds) and 3 (5-to 8- yearolds), children more frequently placed food in both possible locations when an imaginary pet was yet to be placed in a box, than when it was hidden in one. Results have implications for interpretive theory of mind and ‘curse of knowledge’.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Psychology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Child psychology, Uncertainty -- Psychological aspects|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Child development|
|Official Date:||14 November 2006|
|Number of Pages:||14|
|Page Range:||pp. 1642-1655|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
|Funder:||Economic and Social Research Council (Great Britain) (ESRC)|
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