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Children’s trust in print: what is the impact of late exposure to reading instruction? (2018)
Journal Article
Einav, S., Rydland, V., Grøver, V., Robinson, E. J., & Harris, P. L. (2018). Children’s trust in print: what is the impact of late exposure to reading instruction?. Infant and Child Development, 27(6), doi:10.1002/icd.2102

Prior research in England has indicated that, unlike pre-readers, young children who have learned to decode simple words view print-based information as a more authoritative source of knowledge than purely oral information. We predicted that children... Read More

Thinking for themselves?: the effect of informant independence on children’s endorsement of testimony from a consensus (2017)
Journal Article
Einav, S. (2018). Thinking for themselves?: the effect of informant independence on children’s endorsement of testimony from a consensus. Social Development, 27(1), doi:10.1111/sode.12264

Testimony agreement across a number of people can be a reassuring sign of a claim’s reliability. However, reliability may be undermined if informants do not respond independently. In this case, social consensus may be a result of indiscriminate copyi... Read More

Does the majority always know best? Young children's flexible trust in majority opinion (2014)
Journal Article
Einav, S. (2014). Does the majority always know best? Young children's flexible trust in majority opinion. PLoS ONE, 9(8), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0104585. ISSN 1932-6203

Copying the majority is generally an adaptive social learning strategy but the majority does not always know best. Previous work has demonstrated young children's selective uptake of information from a consensus over a lone dissenter. The current stu... Read More