Trust in Testimony: Children's Use of True and False Statements

  title={Trust in Testimony: Children's Use of True and False Statements},
  author={Melissa Koenig and Fabrice Cl{\'e}ment and Paul L. Harris},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={694 - 698}
The extent to which young children monitor and use the truth of assertions to gauge the reliability of subsequent testimony was examined. Three- and 4-year-old children were presented with two informants, an accurate labeler and an inaccurate labeler. They were then invited to learn names for novel objects from these informants. The children correctly monitored and identified the informants on the basis of the truth of their prior labeling. Furthermore, children who explicitly identified the… 

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