Children come to learn much of what they know about the world by getting information from other people. But in being so reliant on others for this information, children are open to the risk that they will learn inaccurate, misleading, or unreliable information. Previous research has demonstrated that, even though children face this risk, they are not blindly gullible, and have some early-developing abilities to be critical of the information they receive from others. One of the most critical observations children can make when deciding who to trust is of how other people come by their own information. By evaluating how other people gather information– what we call evidentiary practice— children can make decisions about whether that information is likely true.
This study seeks to explore children’s (ages 4-7) sensitivity to other people’s evidentiary practices. Most critically, it seeks to answer the question of whether children understand what kind of evidence other people should gather in support of the claims that they seek to make. Your child will watch a series of brief videos of two puppet characters playing with a set of four toys, which can be activated by different types of blocks. After each video, your child will be asked to select which of the two characters they believe did a better job determining how the toy works, depending on what the character wanted to test.
This study will take approximately *10-15 minutes* and can be completed at a time most convenient for you! We do ask that you actively monitor your child’s participation to ensure that they complete the activities according to the instructions.
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