Exploring explanation: explaining inconsistent evidence informs exploratory, hypothesis-testing behavior in young children.

@article{Legare2012ExploringEE,
  title={Exploring explanation: explaining inconsistent evidence informs exploratory, hypothesis-testing behavior in young children.},
  author={Cristine H. Legare},
  journal={Child development},
  year={2012},
  volume={83 1},
  pages={173-85}
}
Explaining inconsistency may serve as an important mechanism for driving the process of causal learning. But how might this process generate amended beliefs? One way that explaining inconsistency may promote discovery is by guiding exploratory, hypothesis-testing behavior. In order to investigate this, a study with young children ranging in age from 2 to 6 years (N = 80) examined the relation between explanation and exploratory behavior following consistent versus inconsistent outcomes. Results… CONTINUE READING
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