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Metacognitive measures as predictors of accuracy in children

What's the study about?

Children often witness or are victims of crimes, and so can provide crucial details. Children are often believed to unreliable witnesses. Yet, a new body of research has challenged previous beliefs, by providing evidence that young children can assess their own memory accuracy, because they can know when their memories are accurate or not. In this study, we are recruiting children between the ages of 4 and 8 to examine which behaviours can tell us more about the accuracy of children’s memory monitoring.

How is the study conducted?

The study will be conducted via webcam with you and your child. A researcher will explain the tasks step-by-step and record the session. The study will take approximately 30 minutes, but we will take breaks where your child needs them. Children tell us that the study is fun!

We'd love to hear your input on our work!

What happens if I take part?

As a thank you for your time, we will provide your child with a fun certificate, and an Amazon voucher for £10.

I'm interested!

To find out more information, or schedule a time to take part, please email Madeleine Ingham at

Recruitment for this study has now finished

Thank you for your interest and to all who took part!

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