Can children resist making interpretations when uncertain?
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Colleges, School and Institutes
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.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||Journal of Experimental Child Psychology|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2008|
- implicit and explicit understanding, knowledge, ambiguity