Sure Santa Claus asks boys and girls what toys they want, but, why they want them is a better question. The answer may have to do with a biological pre-wiring that influences boys and girls preferences based on the early roles of males and females, says a Texas A&M University psychologist.
Its commonly believed that boys and girls learn what types of toys they should like based solely on societys expectations, but psychologist Gerianne Alexanders work with vervet monkeys is challenging that notion.
Alexander, whose research focuses on sex differences in behavior and the biological factors that influence them, examined the monkeys as they interacted with toys. She and her collaborator, Melissa Hines of the University of London, found that the monkeys toy preferences were consistent along gender lines with those of human children. The study was published earlier this year in "Evolution and Human Behavior."
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