Preschool Children Are Better Than Adults at Certain Problem Solving Challenges

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According to a recent study by researchers at the University of California in Berkeley and the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, preschool age children are better at figuring out how to operate electronic gadgets and unusual toys than college students. The study involved a test of 106 four or five year old kids and 107 undergraduate college students.

According to a recent study by researchers at the University of California in Berkeley and the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, preschool age children are better at figuring out how to operate electronic gadgets and unusual toys than college students.

The study involved a test of 106 four and five year old kids, and 170 undergraduate college students.

Researchers gave the subjects a game called Blickets that incorporates physical geometric objects and an electronic box, which work together to make music if the shapes are placed correctly on the box.

Alison Gopnik, a developmental psychologist at UC Berkeley and senior author of the paper is quoted as saying: “As far as we know, this is the first study examining whether children can learn abstract cause and effect relationships, and comparing them to adults.”

The results of the study show that children’s problem solving logic is different from adults who are more stubborn about certain cause and effect patterns, which makes them less inclined to try what they consider an unlikely method just to see if it works.

What do you think about children being able to figure out a new kind of electronic puzzle faster than adults?

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