profplump: RogermcAllen: The adults would figure out the rule form the previous set, then the rule would change and they were wrong. A child who was essentially choosing random blocks performed better because they weren't trying to use previously learned rules.The article describes it poorly, but your understanding is not correct. The sets required to win the game are explicitlynot random, and random guessing doesnot explain the superior performance of the children.The specific set of blocks required to activate the lights changed regularly, but not randomly -- it had a defined relationship to previously correct sets. For example, if red worked by itself, sets containing red might not work in future trials. Or if red and blue worked together the next set might need to contain one of those two to work, and the set after that might require the other.
Splish: Basically they constantly changed the rules of the game so that what was a winning move last round now isn't
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