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Kids these days: Why the youth of today seem lacking

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Science Advances  16 Oct 2019:
Vol. 5, no. 10, eaav5916
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aav5916
  • Fig. 1 Results from studies 1 to 3 on Americans’ beliefs in the decline of children.

    Straight line represents authoritarians believing that children no longer respect their elders. Dotted line represents more intelligent people believing that children are becoming less intelligent. Dashed line represents more well-read people believing that children no longer enjoy reading.

  • Fig. 2 Mediation model from 1500 American adults drawn to match the demographics of the U.S. showing false feedback altering the kids these days effect indirectly through both subjective belief in reading ability (“I enjoy reading now”) and memory for how much one enjoyed reading as a child.

    The crucial indirect pathway is manipulated beliefs in current ability altering the kids these days effect through reconstructed memory of how much one enjoyed reading as a child (β = −0.009, P = 0.04, 95% CI = −0.02 to −0.002).

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    Fig. S1. Preregistered mechanism model of the kids these days effect.

    Fig. S2. False feedback figures presented in study 5.

    Fig. S3. Causal mediation model tested in study 5.

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    • Fig. S1. Preregistered mechanism model of the kids these days effect.
    • Fig. S2. False feedback figures presented in study 5.
    • Fig. S3. Causal mediation model tested in study 5.

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