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Preschoolers joke with jokers, but correct foreigners.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21676103     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Thirty- and 36-month-old English speakers' (N = 106) ability to produce jokes, distinguish between humorous and sincere intentions, and distinguish between English- and foreign-language speakers, was examined in two tasks. In the Giving task, an experimenter requested one of two familiar objects, and a confederate always gave her the wrong object. In the Naming task, the confederate mislabeled familiar objects. In the English-speaking conditions, the confederate laughed after doing the wrong thing (English-Humor) or said, 'There!' (English-Sincere). In the Foreign conditions, the French- or Italian-speaking confederate laughed (Foreign-Humor) or said, 'D'accord!' or 'Va bene!' (Foreign-Sincere). When preschoolers were subsequently requested to give and name the same objects and a new set of familiar objects they were significantly more likely to imitate and 'do the wrong thing' in the Humor versus Sincere, and in the English versus Foreign conditions.
Authors:
Elena Hoicka; Nameera Akhtar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-03-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental science     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1467-7687     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Sci     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-06-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9814574     Medline TA:  Dev Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  848-58     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA  Department of Psychology, University of Stirling, UK.
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