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Preschoolers' understanding of lies and innocent and negligent mistakes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9541785     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
It has often been proposed that young children are not capable of distinguishing mistakes from lies and that they do not discriminate between the reactions that are generated by innocent and negligent mistakes. In our investigation, children aged 3 to 5 years were asked to choose whether a perpetrator had made a mistake or had lied about a food's contact with contaminants and were required to indicate whether this choice would produce a neutral or a negative reaction in the facial expression of a bystander. In this context, many children distinguished mistakes from lies and displayed an incipient ability to discriminate between lies and negligent mistakes that often generate negative reactions and innocent mistakes that do not.
M Siegal; C C Peterson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental psychology     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0012-1649     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Psychol     Publication Date:  1998 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-05-15     Completed Date:  1998-05-15     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260564     Medline TA:  Dev Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  332-41     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield, England.
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MeSH Terms
Child Development
Child, Preschool
Discrimination (Psychology)*
Food Contamination

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