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Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
While developmental research commonly claims that children have causal understanding, the extent to which such understanding is present is unclear. The current research is a step towards a more conservative look at children's understanding of causality. We test whether preschoolers appreciate the difference between causes and effects, a finding that is commonly taken to show causal understanding in adults. A two-phase blocking paradigm was used in which the causal status of the cues wasfatcat:g7swkuv2wjakfdbtclnt2jl5qa