In my cognitive dev psych class long ago, I learned that the approximate age where most children can distinguish fantasy from reality is about 3.5 years old. That is: they’re not confused, any more than we might be, between fantasy and reality. Of course a fast-talking storyteller can convince us a fiction is true as is routinely done to four year olds, which is within the “knows the difference” age. But give comprehensible, trustworthy facts, there’s no confusion between those and “fantasy facts”, so long as the line is drawn by normal contextual means.

In my cognitive dev psych class long ago, I learned that the approximate age where most children can distinguish fantasy from reality is about 3.5 years old.
 
That is: they’re not confused, any more than we might be, between fantasy and reality.
 
Of course a fast-talking storyteller can convince us a fiction is true as is routinely done to four year olds, which is within the “knows the difference” age.
 
But give comprehensible, trustworthy facts, there’s no confusion between those and “fantasy facts”, so long as the line is drawn by normal contextual means.
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