Identifying unreliable informants : do children excuse past inaccuracies
Nurmsoo, E. and Robinson, Elizabeth J.. (2009) Identifying unreliable informants : do children excuse past inaccuracies. Developmental Science, Vol.12 (No.1). pp. 41-47. ISSN 1363-755xFull text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7687.2008.00750.x
In three experiments (N = 123; 148; 28), children observed a video in which two speakers offered alternative labels for unfamiliar objects. In Experiment 1, 3- to 5-year-olds endorsed the label given by a speaker who had previously labeled familiar objects accurately, rather than that given by a speaker with a history of inaccurate labeling, even when the inaccurate speaker erred only while blindfolded. In Experiments 2 and 3, 3- to 7-year-olds showed no preference for the label given by a previously inaccurate but blindfolded speaker, over that given by a second inaccurate speaker with no obvious excuse for erring. Children based their endorsements on speakers’ history of accuracy or inaccuracy irrespective of the speakers’ information access at the time, raising doubts that children made mentalistic interpretations of speakers’ inaccuracy.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Psychology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Knowledge, Theory of, Comprehension|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Developmental Science|
|Official Date:||January 2009|
|Page Range:||pp. 41-47|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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