"Because It's Hers": When Preschoolers Use Ownership in Their Explanations

@article{Nancekivell2017BecauseIH,
  title={"Because It's Hers": When Preschoolers Use Ownership in Their Explanations},
  author={Shaylene E. Nancekivell and Ori Friedman},
  journal={Cognitive science},
  year={2017},
  volume={41 3},
  pages={827-843}
}
Young children show competence in reasoning about how ownership affects object use. In the present experiments, we investigate how influential ownership is for young children by examining their explanations. In three experiments, we asked 3- to 5-year-olds (N = 323) to explain why it was acceptable (Experiments 1-3) or unacceptable (Experiment 2 and 3) for a person to use an object. In Experiments 1 and 2, older preschoolers referenced ownership more than alternative considerations when… CONTINUE READING