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Vol 22 No 2 Feb/March 2017

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Recollection, Testimony and Lying in Early Childhood

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ISBN13: 9781557985743
ISBN: 155798574X
Published: April 1999
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Format: Hardback
Price: £21.95

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Child psychologists, educators and legal professionals have long sought to understand the extent to which young children are able to recall their experiences and report on them accurately. In 1909, William and Clara Stern published in Germany this fascinating and rigorous study of the development of their own children's abilities to recollect, recount, testify and distinguish truth from falsehood.;Until now, their work has been unavailable to English-speaking readers. This translation from the German by James Lamiell reveals the prescience of the Sterns' thinking about issues that still concern those interested in memory development and suggestibility. The Sterns' monograph is divided into three main parts: the first catalogues the development of their oldest daughter's ability to recollect and report accurately what she experienced; the second adds material gleaned from observation of the Sterns' other two children, comparing the findings with material available in the contemporary literature; and the third suggests practical applications for educators and legal professionals concerned with the accuracy of children's reports. This book should interest scholars in the fields of development, cognition, policy and law.

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Recognition as the Basis of Recall; The Chronological Development of Recall and Testimonial Ability; False Testimony -Mistaken Recollections, Pseudo-Lies and Lies; Recognition; Correct Recollection; Purposive Recall; Mistaken Recollections; Experimental Studies on Testimony in Early Childhood; The Falsification of Testimony Through Fantasy; Pseudo-Lies and Lies; Educating Young Children to Report on Their Experiences; The Origins of Lying and its Prevention; The Capability of Small Children as Witnesses in Legal Proceedings.