Monday, March 30, 2009

Mama and Pappa - that doesn't compute, OK!

NVDL: This is fascinating.

Instead of simply insisting that the child wears a coat, Munakata says, “rather try to highlight the conflict that they are going to face. Perhaps you could say something like ‘I know you don’t want to take your coat now, but when you’re standing in the yard shivering later, remember that you can get your coat from your bedroom.’”

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This Sept. 5, 2007 file photo shows toddlers playing in a kindergarten class in Dresden, eastern Germany. (AP Photo/Matthias Rietschel)

Are you listening to me? Didn't I just tell you to get your coat? Helloooo! It's cold out there...

Toddlers listen, they just store the information for later use, a new study finds.

"There is a lot of work in the field of cognitive development
that focuses on how kids are basically little versions of adults trying
to do the same things adults do, but they're just not as good at it
yet. What we show here is they are doing something completely

"The older kids found this sequence easy, because they can
anticipate the answer before the object appears," said doctoral student
Christopher Chatham, who participated in the study. "But preschoolers
fail to anticipate in this way. Instead, they slow down and exert
mental effort after being presented with the watermelon, as if they're
thinking back to the character they had seen only after the fact."

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