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Psychological Theories on Magical Thinking - Dictionary of Arguments

Upton I 78
Magical thinking/Psychological theories/Upton: Woolley (1997)(1) disagrees with the idea that children’s thinking is more magical than that of adults. Adults have been found to be just as likely as
Upton I 79
children to engage in magical thinking, especially when they do not have the knowledge to explain phenomena. Adults invent speculation to fill gaps in their knowledge, much as children do. It is therefore the social context that determines whether or not adults or children engage in magical thinking. >Animism/Piaget.


1. Woolley, J.D. (1997) Thinking about fantasy: are children fundamentally different thinkers and believers than adults? Child Development, 68: 991–1011.


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Psychological Theories
Upton I
Penney Upton
Developmental Psychology 2011


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