Young Children Learn from Confident People
Young children have some impressive skills
to identify poor sources of information, according to researchers at University
of British Columbia. A study among children aged between four to five revealed
that not only do they prefer to learn from people who appear confident, but
they also keep track of how well the person's confidence has matched with their
knowledge and accuracy in the past (a concept called calibration). Children
avoid new information from people who have a history of being over confident.
Susan Birch, the lead author of the study, said that children have an ability
not to fall prey easily to misinformation and ensure they learn the most
accurate information. The study comes at a time when adults find it difficult
to deal with fake news across the online and social media.