Learning to trust and trusting to learn: A theoretical framework

Asheley R. Landrum, Baxter S. Eaves, Patrick Shafto

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Learning from other people requires integrating reasoning about an informant's psychological properties, such as knowledge and intent, with reasoning about the implications of the data the informant chooses to present. Here, we argue for an approach that considers these two reasoning paths as interrelated, reciprocal processes that develop over experience and guide learners when acquiring knowledge about the world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-111
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


  • Cognitive development
  • Epistemic trust
  • Social learning

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