The influence of cohort, time, and age factors on animistic thinking was investigated. Two groups of subjects (70-90 years old and 60-69 years old) evaluated objects as 'living' or 'dead' and were classified into Piaget's animism stages. Comparisons of the 70-90 year olds with subjects of a similar age range tested in the 1940s, revealed few differences in percentages of animistic thinkers. However, cohort and time differences may have been responsible for the differences found in the attributes used to evaluate objects. The results are discussed with regard to Gutmann's model of ego development.
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- Developmental and Educational Psychology