Research

Explanation and Learning

Seeking and Evaluating Explanations

  • This project examines how children evaluate the quality of explanations they hear. They will hear questions and explanations about the traits of unusual animals and decide how well the explanations answer the questions. Then, they will decide whether further explanations need to be given. We hope to understand more about how children seek out new information, and whether that depends on the quality of information they have just received.

The Santa Study

  • This new study examines how children think about Santa Claus. For more information (potentially when you don’t have a child nearby), please go to our Santa Study webpage.