ERIC Number: EJ849095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Harris, Paul L.
Developmental Science, v10 n1 p135-138 Jan 2007
Children rely extensively on others' testimony to learn about the world. However, they are not uniformly credulous toward other people. From an early age, children's reliance on testimony is tempered by selective trust in particular informants. Three- and 4-year-olds monitor the accuracy or knowledge of informants, including those that are familiar. They prefer to seek and endorse information provided by someone who has proved accurate in the past rather than someone who has made mistakes or acknowledged ignorance. Future research is likely to pinpoint other heuristics that children use to filter incoming testimony and may reveal more generalized patterns of trust and mistrust among individual children.
Descriptors: Trust (Psychology), Young Children, Developmental Stages, Interpersonal Relationship, Familiarity, Psychological Patterns, Child Development, Developmental Psychology
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