Memory & Metacognition in Children
Are children reliable witnesses?
What is the study about?
Children who are witnesses to crimes are often seen as unreliable as their memory ability is still developing. Yet, a new body of research has challenged previous beliefs, by providing evidence that young children can assess their own memory because they know when their memories are accurate or not. In this study, we are inviting typically developing children aged 4 to 11 (Reception to Year 6) to understand if confidence (e.g. "I'm sure/not sure") and gestures (e.g. shrugs) can tell us if children understand their own memory ability.
How is the study conducted?
The study will be conducted via webcam with you and your child. A researcher will explain the task step-by-step and record the session. The study will take approximately 45 - 55 minutes, but we will take breaks where your child needs them. We have made the task into a game (Great Detective Game) to make the whole experience fun and enjoyable! In exchange for your time, we will provide children with a £10 Amazon voucher and certificate.
What is the impact?
This research is run by the University of Birmingham in partnership with the UKRI Economic & Social Research Council. This study will help us to improve the UK Child Interview Protocol in the Criminal Justice System.