Early tracking of informant accuracy and inaccuracy

Corriveau, Kathleen H. and Meints, Kerstin and Harris, Paul L. (2009) Early tracking of informant accuracy and inaccuracy. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 27 (2). pp. 331-342. ISSN 0261-510X

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Abstract

Three- and four-year-old children (N = 131) were tested for their sensitivity to the accuracy and inaccuracy of informants. Children were presented with one of three
conditions. In the Accurate–Inaccurate condition, one informant named objects accurately whereas the other named them inaccurately. In the Accurate–Neutral condition, one informant named objects accurately whereas the other merely drew attention to them. Finally in the Inaccurate–Neutral condition, one informant named objects inaccurately whereas the other merely drew attention to them. In subsequent
test trials, 4-year-olds preferred to seek and accept information in a selective fashion across all three conditions, suggesting that they monitor informants for both accuracy and inaccuracy. By contrast, 3-year-olds were selective in the Accurate–Inaccurate and Inaccurate–Neutral conditions but not in the Accurate–Neutral condition, suggesting that they monitor informants only for inaccuracy and take accuracy for granted.

Keywords:Children, informants, Informant Accuracy, Informant Inaccuracy
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C820 Developmental Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:2807
Deposited On:09 Jul 2010 09:21

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