An important part of the science of social psychology is exploring human differences. And that’s what this study does. It looks at how people think about the world. So the way I would say it in general is that we do this by giving adults examples, and then looking at how those children think about the world, and then evaluating those cases, and then evaluating the decisions they see when they see the world in a particular light,” said Professor John R. McCrea, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a previous chairman of the Department of Human Resources at the State University, San Bernardino and the principal investigator with the Center for Social Analysis at the School of Social Justice at Harvard, and also a professor of economics at Stanford.
But the focus isn’t just about finding differences in adults’ decisions, which can include people, in the ways children learn. It’s also about finding ways to distinguish between two different things—how children perceive the world and why they’re looking in the right way. Professor McCrea and his colleagues in Harvard set out to understand how children think about their own environment, and how they respond to this reality. They found that children and adults seem to “swear certainty” over their own experience of their own environment, which is probably not the same as believing certainty. “Our results suggest that children are more willing to believe that the world is good for them. I think this is a really interesting idea, we hope to explore it and maybe see how it develops as kids learn about their own world,” he said. “We are interested in exploring how children, especially those born into poor backgrounds, tend to think about the world objectively, and what they might do in the new environment.”
When there’s no such thing as truth, there’s always people. A recent study suggests that children learn much less about the environment after a childhood than they did when they were in their early 20s. However, in contrast to adults, children are not as sensitive and prone to making inaccurate or biased judgments that contradict the information they see in the world. In other words, they’re more likely to believe false information and be more willing, if not more likely to act on it.
But this seems to point toward a paradoxical. While children do seem to make decisions for themselves through their own experience, in actuality, parents are not aware of the decisions children are making.