Young children’s trust in adults can transcend contrary evidence

Health Day (via USA Today) reports:

Very young children are extraordinarily trusting of what adults tell them, even if there is repeated evidence to the contrary, finds a new study.

In what may be little surprise to many parents, University of Virginia researchers found that 3-year-olds placed more trust in information they are told than information conveyed to them without words.

The journal article by Jaswal et. al. is available here from the journal Psychological Science (free preview, subscription required to access full article).


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