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Trust in Testimony: Children's Use of True and False Statements
The extent to which young children monitor and use the truth of assertions to gauge the reliability of subsequent testimony was examined. Three- and 4-year-old children were presented with twoExpand
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Epistemic Vigilance
Humans depend massively on communication with others, but this leaves them open to the risk of being accidentally or intentionally misinformed. We claim that humans have a suite of cognitiveExpand
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The Ontogenesis of Trust
Psychologists have emphasized children's acquisition of information through first-hand observation. However, many beliefs are acquired from others' testimony. In two experiments, most 4-year-oldsExpand
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To Trust or not to Trust? Children’s Social Epistemology
Philosophers agree that an important part of our knowledge is acquired via testimony. One of the main objectives of social epistemology is therefore to specify the conditions under which a hearer isExpand
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Early Sensitivity to Arguments: How Preschoolers Weight Circular Arguments
Observational studies suggest that children as young as 2-year-olds can evaluate some of the arguments people offer them. However, experimental studies of sensitivity to different arguments have notExpand
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How Preschoolers Use Cues of Dominance to Make Sense of Their Social Environment
A series of four experiments investigated preschoolers’ abilities to make sense of dominance relations. Experiments 1 and 2 showed that as early as 3 years old, preschoolers are able to inferExpand
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The boss is always right: Preschoolers endorse the testimony of a dominant over that of a subordinate.
Recent research has shown that young children rely on social cues to evaluate testimony. For instance, they prefer to endorse testimony provided by a consensual group than by a single dissenter.Expand
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Children's allocation of resources in social dominance situations.
Two experiments with preschoolers (36 to 78 months) and 8-year-old children (Experiment 1, N = 173; Experiment 2, N = 132) investigated the development of children's resource distribution inExpand
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Visual access trumps gender in 3- and 4-year-old children's endorsement of testimony.
Several studies have investigated how preschoolers weigh social cues against epistemic cues when taking testimony into account. For instance, one study showed that 4- and 5-year-olds preferred toExpand
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Confidence as an expression of commitment: why misplaced expressions of confidence backfire
Abstract Because communication can be abused by senders, it is not inherently stable. One way of stabilizing communication is for senders to commit to their messages. If a sender is committed to aExpand
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