Aug 18

Preschool kids can figure out another person’s preferences by using—believe it or not—statistics.

In one experiment, children aged 3 and 4 saw a puppet named “Squirrel” remove five toys of the same type from a container full of toys and happily play with them.

Across children, the toys that Squirrel removed were the same (for example, all five were blue flowers).

However, the contents of the container were varied—for one-third of the children, 100 percent of the toys were the same type (so, in this example, all were blue flowers).

For another third of the children, only 50 percent were that type (that is, half were blue flowers and half were red circles).

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