The role of preschoolers' social understanding in evaluating the informativeness of causal interventions.

@article{Kushnir2008TheRO,
  title={The role of preschoolers' social understanding in evaluating the informativeness of causal interventions.},
  author={Tamar Kushnir and Henry Wellman and Susan A Gelman},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2008},
  volume={107 3},
  pages={1084-92}
}
Preschoolers use information from interventions, namely intentional actions, to make causal inferences. We asked whether children consider some interventions to be more informative than others based on two components of an actor's knowledge state: whether an actor possesses causal knowledge, and whether an actor is allowed to use their knowledge in a given situation. Three- and four-year-olds saw a novel toy that activated in the presence of certain objects. Two actors, one knowledgeable about… CONTINUE READING

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