A comparison of children and adults' judgements and decisions based on verbal uncertainty statements

Gourdon, Amélie and Villejoubert, Gaelle (2009) A comparison of children and adults' judgements and decisions based on verbal uncertainty statements. In: Taatgen, N. , van Rijn, H. , Schomaker, L. and Nerbonne, J., (eds.) Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, U.S.A. : Cognitive Science Society. pp. 1121-1126. ISBN 9780976831853

Full text available as:
[img] Text
GouVil09.pdf - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (171kB)


Children distinguish less well than adolescents the numerical meaning conveyed by verbal probabilities (e.g., Mullet & Rivet, 1991). Little is known, however, about children's ability to grasp the directionality of verbal probabilities (Teigen & Brun, 1995). We expected children to only be influenced by directionality and congruence of statement framing with their goal. Thirty children and 29 adults made probability judgements and decisions in a treasure hunt context. Results revealed that children are sensitive to the numerical meaning of verbal probabilities in decisions, and also in probability judgements related to goal-incongruent statement framings. The different demands implied by judging probabilities and decision-making will be discussed, as well as the independence of directionality and numerical value in adults' interpretation of verbal probabilities.

Item Type: Book Section
Event Title: CogSci 2009
Research Area: Psychology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017) > School of Social Science (until November 2012)
Faculty of Business and Law (until 2017)
Faculty of Business and Law (until 2017) > Kingston Business School (Leadership, HRM and Organisation) (until July 2013)
Depositing User: Gaelle Vallee-Tourangeau
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2009 08:16
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2020 14:45
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/6309

Actions (Repository Editors)

Item Control Page Item Control Page