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Advances in Psychological Science    2013, Vol. 21 Issue (3) : 480-486     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.00480
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Children’s Social Epistemology: Children’s Selective Trust in Informants
YUAN Ming;DENG Zhu;JI Pei
(1 School of Psychology, The University of Sydney, Sydney, 2006, Australia) (2 School of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, 210097, China)
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Abstract  Much of our knowledge is transmitted through what other people tell us. Children from the age of four recognise the differences in how trustworthy people are at providing information. Generally, children use the following cues to evaluate the credibility of the informants and to decide who to trust: familiarity, the informants’ past accuracy, and the feedback from other social agents. In future research, it will be important to investigate children’s selective trust in informants’ testimony in other areas, to manipulate other characteristics of the informants, and to examine the potential cultural variations.
Keywords social epistemology      informants      testimony      trust      critical thinking     
Corresponding Authors: YUAN Ming   
Issue Date: 15 March 2013
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YUAN Ming,DENG Zhu,JI Pei. Children’s Social Epistemology: Children’s Selective Trust in Informants[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2013, 21(3): 480-486.
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http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.00480     OR     http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/Y2013/V21/I3/480
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