Developmental Psychology 53 (6):1079-1087 (2017)

Ori Friedman
University of Waterloo
In two experiments, we told 6- to 7-year-olds about improbable or impossible outcomes and about impossible outcomes concerning ordinary or magical agents. In both experiments, children claimed that the outcomes were impossible and could not happen, but nonetheless generated realistic and natural explanations for the outcomes. These findings show that 6- to 7-year-olds are strongly inclined to provide natural explanations. The findings are also informative about children’s judgments about whether outcomes are possible, and further suggest that asymmetries between children’s predictions and explanations may stem from differences in how these 2 forms of reasoning are constrained by possibility. 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
Keywords *Judgment  *Prediction  *Reasoning  Child Characteristics
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DOI 10.1037/dev0000311 ER -
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