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The effect of relative accuracy and social characteristic strength on children's selective trust
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  • Chenshan Huang,
  • Zhifang He,
  • Yanping Wei,
  • Shuiping Chen
Chenshan Huang
Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal University
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Zhifang He
Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
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Yanping Wei
Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal University
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Shuiping Chen
Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal University

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Abstract

Two experiment examined the effect of relative accuracy and social characteristic strength on selective trust in young children aged 4-6. Experiment 1 manipulated relative accuracy, the results revealed that when the accuracy difference is relatively small, children’s choice of accurate dissenter turned into: 4 and 5 years old children chose consensus with low accuracy, 6 years old children chose dissenter with high accuracy ; Experiment 2 manipulated the strength of social characteristics, the results revealed that when the social characteristics were enhanced, 4 and 5 years old children chose smiling inaccurate consensus, 6 year old children chose serious accurate lone informant. To sum up, in conflict situations, relative accuracy and social characteristic strength can all influence children’s selective trust; moreover, this study further verified that the ability to make rational decisions of children would be more and more rational with age.