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Extinction of Liquid Conservation by Observation: Effects of Model's Age and Presence

Michèle Robert and Claude Charbonneau
Child Development
Vol. 48, No. 2 (Jun., 1977), pp. 648-652
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1128668
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1128668
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Abstract

Extinction of conservation by observation may be caused by social pressure. In order to demonstrate this, 2 variables were manipulated: the model's age (the model was a 4- or 7-year-old child, or an adult) and the model's absence or presence during both observation and posttest. Second-grade children who had succeeded on pretests involving liquid conservation observed a nonconserving model and were subsequently retested. Regression to nonconservation was obtained only among some of the children who had been submitted to maximal pressure in the presence of an adult model.

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