Science is in us from a young age

Young children play like scientists work, according to a new research project.

Children were given a specially designed toy that lit up and played music when the child placed certain beads on it. The cognitive scientists found that, when the children didn’t know which beads would activate the toy — namely they had been given what the team defined as “ambiguous evidence” — they tested each variable in turn.

One professor drew the analogy of someone trying unsuccessfully to open a door with a key: “You might change the position of the key, you might change the key, but you’re not going to change both at once.” Learn more here or here.


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