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The Tree of Knowledge: Children's Knowledge and their Perceived Morality

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The Tree of Knowledge: Children's Knowledge and their Perceived Morality
author
Anderson, Rajen Alexander
abstract
People keep certain information from children. For example, adults censor objectionable media from children and support belief in Santa Claus, a fictional entity. One possible reason for these behaviors is that people perceive that children who are more knowledgeable are less innocent and pure, and therefore less moral. Two studies in this thesis tested whether increased knowledge held by a hypothetical child was negatively linked to perceptions of that child's moral behavior and whether perceived innocence would mediate this relationship. However, results found that increased knowledge was positively, not negatively, associated with perceived moral behavior and that perceived agency mediated this relationship. Results suggest that all knowledge is not negatively linked to perceptions of morality and that only certain types of knowledge have this effect.
subject
Children
Knowledge
Morality
contributor
Masicampo, Emer James (committee chair)
Fleeson, William (committee member)
Jayawickreme, Eranda (committee member)
Krcmar, Marina (committee member)
date
2014-07-10T08:35:35Z (accessioned)
2016-07-10T08:30:10Z (available)
2014 (issued)
degree
Psychology (discipline)
embargo
2016-07-10 (terms)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/39290 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
type
Thesis

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