Do monsters dream? Young children's understanding of the fantasy/reality distinction

@article{Sharon2004DoMD,
  title={Do monsters dream? Young children's understanding of the fantasy/reality distinction},
  author={Tanya Sharon and Jacqueline D. Woolley},
  journal={British Journal of Development Psychology},
  year={2004},
  volume={22},
  pages={293-310}
}
Young children are often thought to confuse fantasy and reality. This study took a second look at preschoolers’ fantasy/reality differentiation. We employed a new measure of fantasy/reality differentiation— a property attribution task— in which children were questioned regarding the properties of both real and fantastical entities. We also modified the standard forced-choice categorization task (into real/fantastical) to include a ‘ not sure’ option, thus allowing children to express… 

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