Turning Believers into Skeptics : 3-Year-Olds ’ Sensitivity to Cues to Speaker Credibility

  title={Turning Believers into Skeptics : 3-Year-Olds ’ Sensitivity to Cues to Speaker Credibility},
  author={Vikram K. Jaswal and Lauren S. Malone},
Under most circumstances, children (and adults) can safely assume that the testimony they hear is true. In two studies, we investigated whether 3-year-olds (N = 100) would continue to hold this assumption even if the person who provided the testimony behaved in an uncertain, ignorant, and/or distracted manner. In Study 1, children were less likely to trust that, for example, a key-like object was a spoon if the speaker indicated uncertainty about her testimony (e.g., “I think this is a spoon… CONTINUE READING

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