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Young children are not driven to explore imaginary worlds

Nyhout, Angela ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3852-9527 and Lee, Ruth ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8854-1968 (2022) Young children are not driven to explore imaginary worlds. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 45.

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We address Dubourg & Baumard’s claim that imaginary worlds are most appealing early in the lifespan when the exploratory drive is highest. Preschool-age children prefer fictions set in the real world, and fantastical information can be difficult for children to represent in real time. We speculate that a drive to explore imaginary worlds may emerge after children acquire substantial real-world skills and knowledge. An account of age effects on fictional preferences should encompass developmental change.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X2100234X
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/8376

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