Reference : Less is more: The availability heuristic in early childhood
Scientific journals : Article
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Theoretical & cognitive psychology
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/186448
Less is more: The availability heuristic in early childhood
English
Geurten, Marie mailto [Université de Liège > Département de Psychologie : cognition et comportement > Neuropsychologie >]
Willems, Sylvie mailto [Université de Liège > > Clinique psychologique et logopédique universitaire (CPLU) >]
Germain, Sophie mailto [Université de Liège > Département de Psychologie : cognition et comportement > Neuropsychologie >]
Meulemans, Thierry mailto [Université de Liège > > Doyen de la Fac. de Psych., Logopédie et Sc. de l'Education >]
2015
British Journal of Developmental Psychology
British Psychological Society
33
4
405-410
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
0261-510X
Leicester
United Kingdom
[en] Availability heuristic ; Metacognition ; Decision making ; Judgment ; Children
[en] This study examined whether young children are influenced by the subjective experience associated with an easy or difficult recall when making memory decisions. Seventy-one children, aged 4, 6, and 8 years, were asked to generate either a small (easy condition) or large (hard condition) number of first names. Statistical analyses revealed that participants in the hard condition were more likely to infer that they did not know many names than participants in the easy condition, contrary to what would be expected if children based their memory judgement on the objective number of recalled items. Overall, our results support the hypothesis that children as young as 4 years old rely on the subjective experience of ease to regulate their decision-making processes. Theoretical implications of these findings are discussed.
Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Communauté française de Belgique) - F.R.S.-FNRS
Researchers ; Professionals ; Students
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/186448
10.1111/bjdp.12114

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