ERIC Number: EJ789334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
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Can Children Resist Making Interpretations when Uncertain?
Beck, Sarah R.; Robinson, Elizabeth J.; Freeth, Megan M.
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v99 n4 p252-270 Apr 2008
In two experiments, we examined young children's ability to delay a response to ambiguous input. In Experiment 1, 5- and 6-year-olds performed as poorly when they needed to choose between basing an interpretation on ambiguous input and delaying an interpretation as when making explicit evaluations of knowledge, whereas 7- and 8-year-olds found the former task easy. In Experiment 2, 5- and 6-year-olds performed well on a task that required delaying a response but removed the need to decide between strategies. We discuss children's difficulty with ambiguity in terms of the decision-making demands made by different procedures. These demands appear to cause particular problems for young children.
Descriptors: Young Children, Experimental Psychology, Decision Making Skills, Experiments, Reaction Time, Feedback (Response), Figurative Language
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