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Trusting what you're told: How children learn from others

When:We 12-03-2014 15:15 - 17:00
Where:Faculty of Philosophy

Lecture by Paul L. Harris (Harvard)
Children are often portrayed as independent scientists, gathering data for themselves about the way the world works. I argue that, from an early age, children also learn from the testimony of others and that this is a distinctive characteristic of the human species. I illustrate this theme with data from children's receptivity to claims that go against, or beyond, what they can observe or infer for themselves.