The development of cynicism.

@article{Mills2005TheDO,
  title={The development of cynicism.},
  author={Candice M Mills and Frank C. Keil},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2005},
  volume={16 5},
  pages={385-90}
}
Two experiments explored the development of cynicism by examining how children evaluate other people who make claims consistent or inconsistent with their self-interests. In Experiment 1, kindergartners, second graders, and fourth graders heard stories with ambiguous conclusions in which characters made statements that were aligned either with or against self-interest. Older children took into account the self-interests of characters in determining how much to believe them: They discounted… CONTINUE READING
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