Beck, S.R., Robinson, E.J., Carroll, D.J. and Apperly, I.A. (2006) Children’s thinking about counterfactuals and future hypotheticals as possibilities. Child Development, 77 (2). pp. 413-426. ISSN 1467-8624Full text not available from this repository.
Two experiments explored whether children's correct answers to counterfactual and future hypothetical questions were based on an understanding of possibilities. Children played a game in which a toy mouse could run down either 1 of 2 slides. Children found it difficult to mark physically both possible outcomes, compared to reporting a single hypothetical future event, "What if next time he goes the other way …" (Experiment 1: 3–4-year-olds and 4–5-year-olds), or a single counterfactual event, "What if he had gone the other way …?" (Experiment 2: 3–4-year-olds and 5–6-year-olds). An open counterfactual question, "Could he have gone anywhere else?," which required thinking about the counterfactual as an alternative possibility, was also relatively difficult.
|Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information:||© 2006 by the Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.|
|Institution:||The University of Sheffield|
|Academic Units:||The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > Department of Psychology (Sheffield)|
|Depositing User:||Daniel J. Carroll|
|Date Deposited:||29 Jan 2007|
|Last Modified:||05 Aug 2007 18:23|
|Publisher:||Blackwell Publishing - Published on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development|