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Temporal information and children's and adults' causal inferences

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  • Three Experiments Examined Whether Children And Adults Would Use Temporal Information As A Cue To Th
  • And Also Whether Their Judgements About The Effects Of Interventions On The System Would Be Affected
  • Participants Were Shown A System In Which Two Events B And C Occurred Either Simultaneously (Synchro
  • The Causal Judgements Of Adults And 6-7-Year-Olds Differed Between The Conditions
  • But This Was Not The Case For 4-Year-Olds' Judgements
  • However
  • Unlike Those Of Adults
  • 6-7-Year-Olds' Intervention Judgements Were Not Affected By Condition
  • And Causal And Intervention Judgements Were Not Reliably Consistent In This Age Group
  • The Findings Support The Claim That Temporal Information Provides An Important Cue To Causal Structu
  • At Least In Older Children
  • However
  • They Raise Important Issues About The Relationship Between Causal And Intervention Judgements
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