APPEARANCE-REALITY DISTINCTION

the implicit knowledge that the appearance of an object does not necessarily correspond to the reality. For example, a sponge shaped like a rock may look like a rock but it is really a sponge, and most individuals would not mistake one for the other. Children younger than 3 may have difficulty making appearance-reality distinctions, due to poorer cognitive functioning and a lack of experience with such objects.

APPEARANCE-REALITY DISTINCTION: "When the child's cat was dressed as a dog for halloween, he or she could not make the appearance-reality distinction, and felt that her pet was now a dog."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "APPEARANCE-REALITY DISTINCTION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/appearance-reality-distinction/ (accessed August 8, 2020).
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