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date: 12 December 2019

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Although children's suggestibility and imagination may have common theoretical underpinnings, particularly in relation to how well children discern real versus fictitious information, very little research has directly examined the links between the two. The current chapter discusses potential common mechanisms underlying suggestibility and imagination. It also describes how individual differences in fantastical thinking may have implications for children's susceptibility to false suggestions. Finally, it describes how children's knowledge, parents, and the emotional content of imagined or suggested information may affect the ease with which children create and believe false information. Because of the paucity of research, the chapter serves as an important guide for future investigations concerning suggestibility and imagination in early childhood.

Keywords: imagination, fantastical thinking, suggestibility

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