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The Role of Imagination in Facilitating Deductive Reasoning in 2-, 3-, and 4--year olds

Richards, Cassandra; Sanderson, Jennifer


When 4- and 6-year-olds are cued to use their imagination, they can overcome the belief bias effect and demonstrate deductive reasoning ability on syllogisms containing contrary-to-fact material. This study tested whether 2- and 3-year-olds could also reason with incongruent syllogisms when encouraged to use their imagination. Eighty-four 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds were randomly assigned to one of four conditions: no cue, word cue, fantasy planet or imagery. Children were then presented with six...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1999
Type: Journal article
Source: Cognition
DOI: 10.1016/S0010-0277(99)00037-2


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