Even preschoolers approach the world much like scientists: They are convinced that perplexing and unpredictable events can be explained, according to an MIT brain researchers study in the April issue of Child Development.
The way kids play and explore suggests that children believe cause-and-effect relationships in the world are governed by fundamental laws rather than by mysterious forces, said Laura E. Schulz, assistant professor of cognitive science and co-author of the study "God Does Not Play Dice: Causal Determinism and Preschoolers Causal Inferences."
"Its important to understand that kids are approaching the world with deep assumptions that affect their actions and their explanations and shape what theyre able to learn next," Schulz said. "Kids fundamental beliefs affect their learning. Their theoretical framework affects their understanding of evidence, just as it does for scientists."
Elizabeth A. Thomson | MIT News Office
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