Making explicit 3-year-olds' implicit competence with their own false beliefs

@article{Freeman1995MakingE3,
  title={Making explicit 3-year-olds' implicit competence with their own false beliefs},
  author={Norman H. Freeman and Hazel Lacoh{\'e}e},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={1995},
  volume={56},
  pages={31-60}
}
Three-year-olds usually fail to recall a previous false belief once they have discovered the true state of affairs. The failure is so dramatic that researchers have treated it as a case of functional retrograde amnesia. We found in a series of studies that the memory trace is indeed available but is inaccessible under traditional testing procedures. We also provided a new prediction that reminding children that they had briefly held a picture of an object would be a more powerful retrieval cue… CONTINUE READING

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