Children's use of interventions to learn causal structure.

@article{McCormack2016ChildrensUO,
  title={Children's use of interventions to learn causal structure.},
  author={Teresa McCormack and Neil R Bramley and Caren A. Frosch and Fiona Patrick and David A. Lagnado},
  journal={Journal of experimental child psychology},
  year={2016},
  volume={141},
  pages={1-22}
}
Children between 5 and 8 years of age freely intervened on a three-variable causal system, with their task being to discover whether it was a common cause structure or one of two causal chains. From 6 or 7 years of age, children were able to use information from their interventions to correctly disambiguate the structure of a causal chain. We used a Bayesian model to examine children's interventions on the system; this showed that with development children became more efficient in producing the… CONTINUE READING
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