Young children's selective trust in informants.

  title={Young children's selective trust in informants.},
  author={Paul L. Harris and Kathleen H. Corriveau},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  volume={366 1567},
Young children readily act on information from adults, setting aside their own prior convictions and even continuing to trust informants who make claims that are manifestly false. Such credulity is consistent with a long-standing philosophical and scientific conception of young children as prone to indiscriminate trust. Against this conception, we argue that children trust some informants more than others. In particular, they use two major heuristics. First, they keep track of the history of… CONTINUE READING

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