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Title: NOVEL INDIRECT GOAL-PRIMING TASK PROMOTES HONESTY IN YOUNG CHILDREN
Authors: HOE YILIN, SHARON
Keywords: indirect priming
children
honesty
lying
thinking dispositions
Issue Date: 8-Apr-2022
Citation: HOE YILIN, SHARON (2022-04-08). NOVEL INDIRECT GOAL-PRIMING TASK PROMOTES HONESTY IN YOUNG CHILDREN. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Despite extensive research on honesty-promoting techniques, there is no evidence whether children chose to be honest or were merely performing according to the experimenter’s preferences. To address this research gap, this study investigated the effectiveness of a novel indirect goal-priming task in promoting children’s honesty and evaluated the influence of cognitive abilities on the effectiveness of priming. One hundred seventy-two typically developing 5- and 6-year-olds were randomly assigned into three priming conditions and were tasked to compare truth-telling vs lie-telling (positive condition), win vs lose (negative condition) or draw vs read (control condition). Children in the negative condition were significantly more honest (less likely to lie and lied fewer times) compared to the other conditions. Likewise, those in the positive condition were marginally more honest (lied fewer times) compared to the control condition. Age, reflective and intuitive thinking styles significantly predicted children’s honesty only in the positive condition. Results suggest that indirect goal-priming promotes children’s honesty, and this effect is attributed to children’s own decision. Furthermore, findings demonstrated thinking dispositions as a possible underlying mechanism for the effectiveness of priming.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/227262
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