Do children with a religious background have difficulties distinguishing fiction from reality?
July 24, 2014 — 4:05

Author: Helen De Cruz  Category: Uncategorized  Tags: , , , ,   Comments: 6

Here I will analyze a recent paper by Kathleen Corriveau et al., published in Cognitive Science that has been heralded as evidence that “Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction.” First, I will look at what the researchers say the study says, then look at what the media claims the study finds, and examine the two experiments conducted in this study to see what the study actually finds. In short, this study does not provide evidence that kids from religious households have more difficulty distinguishing fiction from fact. More research is needed to rule out alternative interpretations of what the authors are claiming.