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Title Trust and skepticism : children's selective learning from testimony / edited by Elizabeth J. Robinson and Shiri Einav
Published Hove, East Sussex ; New York, NY : Psychology Press, 2014


Description 1 online resource (168 pages)
Series Current issues in developmental psychology
Current issues in developmental psychology.
Contents 1. Characterizing children's responsiveness to cues of speaker trustworthiness: two proposals / Elizabeth Stephens -- 2. Learning from testimony about religion and science / Kathleen H. Corriveau -- 3. Does understanding about knowledge and belief influence children's trust in testimony? / Shiri Einav -- 4. Inquiring minds: using questions to gather information from others / Asheley R. Landrum -- 5. Gullible's travel: how honest and trustful children become vigilant communicators / Olivier Morin -- 6. Children's reasoning about deception: a cross-cultural perspective / Gail D. Heyman -- 7. Cultural differences in children's learning from others / Katelyn Kurkul -- 8. Resolving conflicts between observation and testimony: the role of inhibitory control / Koraly Perez-Edgar -- 9. Trust in others' versions of experience: implications for children's autobiographical memory / Gabrielle F. Principe -- 10. Commentary I: Developing dimensions of deference: the cognitive and social underpinnings of trust in testimony and its development / Frank Keil -- 11. Commentary II: "If you've seen it before, then you know": physical evidence and children's trust in testimony / Christine Howe
Summary "Children learn a great deal from other people, including history, science and religion, as well as language itself. Although our informants are usually well-intentioned, they can be wrong, and sometimes people deceive deliberately. As soon as children can learn from what others tell them, they need to be able to evaluate the likely truth of such testimony. This book is the first of its kind to provide an overview of the field of testimony research, summarizing and discussing the latest findings into how children make such evaluations - when do they trust what people tell them, and when are they skeptical? The nine chapters are organized according to the extent to which testimony is necessary for children to learn the matter in question - from cases where children are entirely dependent on the testimony of others, to cases where testimony is merely a convenient way of learning. Chapters also consider situations where reliance on testimony can lead a child astray, and the need for children to learn to be vigilant to deception, to ask questions appropriately, and to evaluate what they are told. With an international range of contributors, and two concluding commentaries which integrate the findings within a broader perspective of research on child development, the book provides a thorough overview of this emerging sub-field. Trust and Scepticism will be essential reading for researchers, academic teachers and advanced students working in the areas of cognitive development and language development, and will also be of great interest to educationists concerned with nursery and primary education"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Trust in children.
Truthfulness and falsehood in children.
Social adjustment in children.
Social perception in children.
Child psychology.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Developmental -- Child.
Child psychology
Social adjustment in children
Social perception in children
Trust in children
Truthfulness and falsehood in children
Form Electronic book
Author Robinson, Elizabeth J., editor.
Einav, Shiri, editor.
ISBN 9781317909651