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Children's Perceptions Of Magical Events
A study across multiple age groups on the perceptions of magical events.
# 108040 | 2,305 words | 2 sources | APA | 2005 | US

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The paper states that children use both natural and supernatural entities to account for events. Thus, children could view television programs and movies from a magical perspective and come out with a distorted perspective on how life actually functions. This paper presents research that attempts to validate past research that found that children use magic as a solution to improvable events. The authors of the study contend that 3- to 4-year-olds will use magic more frequently as a solution to a problem that looks unattainable in real-life. The authors also contend that 10- to 12-year-olds will attribute a seemingly impossible event to tricks instead of magic. As age increases, children will use magic less and less as a solution for deceptive events.


From the Paper:

"The participants involved in our study also were a limitation because they were all volunteers. Participants in this study all chose to participate; therefore they might have had some similar characteristics. The participants that came to the study might have wanted their kids to be involved in research and/or had a higher level of education then those who chose not to participate. The experiment may have left out a specific religious faith because some of the people who chose not to participate did do because they thought magic was evil. This detail also makes our results less generalizable to the public."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Phelps, P. E., & Woolley, J. D. (1994). The form and function of young children's magical beliefs. Developmental Psychology, 30, 385-394.
  • Rosenkoetter, L. I., Rosenkoetter, S. E., Ozretich, R. A. & Acock, A. C. (2004). Mitigating the harmful effects of violent television. Applied Developmental Psychology, 25, 25-47.

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