Recollection, Testimony, and Lying in Early Childhood
Child psychologists, educators, and legal professionals have long sought to understand the extent to which young children are able to recall their experiences and report on them accurately. In 1909, William and Clara Stern published in Germany this fascinating and rigorous study of the development of their own children's abilities to recollect, recount, testify, and distinguish truth from falsehood.
Until now, their work has been unavailable to American readers. This translation from German by James Lamiell reveals the prescience of the Sterns' thinking about issues that still concern those interested in memory development and suggestibility. The Sterns' monograph is divided into three main parts: the first catalogs the development of their oldest daughter's ability to recollect and report accurately what she experienced; the second adds material gleaned from observation of the Sterns' other two children, comparing the findings with material available in the contemporary literature; and the third suggests practical applications for educators and legal professionals concerned with the accuracy of children's reports.
This book will interest scholars in the fields of development, cognition, policy, and law.