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ERIC Number: EJ804145
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
Developmental Trends in Everyday Conditional Reasoning: The Retrieval and Inhibition Interplay
De Neys, Wim; Everaerts, Deborah
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v100 n4 p252-263 Aug 2008
Two experiments examined developmental patterns in children's conditional reasoning with everyday causal conditionals. In Experiment 1, a group of pre-, early, young, and late adolescents generated counterexamples for a set of conditionals to validate developmental claims about the counterexample retrieval capacity. In Experiment 2, participants in the same age range were presented with a conditional reasoning task with similar conditionals. Experiment 1 established that counterexample retrieval increased from preadolescence to late adolescence. Experiment 2 showed that acceptance rates of the invalid "affirmation of the consequent" inference gradually decreased in the same age range. Acceptance rates of the valid "modus ponens" inference showed a U-shaped pattern. After an initial drop from preadolescence to early adolescence, modus ponens acceptance ratings increased again after the onset of adolescence. Findings support the claim that the development of everyday conditional reasoning can be characterized as an interplay between the development of a counterexample retrieval and inhibition process. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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