November 22, 2019: "Children choose to reason with partners who submit to reason."

In our lab meeting this week we read Domberg, Koymen and Tomasello's (2019) study, which looked at whether 5- and 7-year-olds prefer to partner up with a person who endorses a good reason over a person who endorses a poor reason. They found that young children can distinguish between good and poor reasons and prefer to work with individuals who provide good reasons. Their method ruled out the possibility that children tend to choose the person with the good reason because they assume they are more knowledgeable or simply right.


Domberg, A., Koymen, B., & Tomasello, M. (2019). Children choose to reason with partners who submit to reason. Cognitive Development, 52.




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