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(UPI)   Are you smarter than a preschooler? New research suggests not   ( upi.com) divider line
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2014-03-09 08:01:51 PM  
6 votes:
Then we spend the next 12 Years teaching them to think inside the box.
2014-03-09 08:21:53 PM  
2 votes:
"help them outperform adults in figuring out how unusual toys and gadgets work."

I'm sure any parent out there can back me up on this, whoever did that study doesn't know shiat about kids. As the father of five kids I can assure you that kids give up on shiat pretty fast, that's when they hand it to dear old dad to figure out for them.
2014-03-09 10:38:21 PM  
1 vote:
Intelligence is not knowledge.

Adults are knowledgeable. They know many things.

Kids are intelligent. They rapidly form connections between things and assimilate new data.
2014-03-09 09:31:08 PM  
1 vote:
1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?
Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.
2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?
Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator?
Wrong Answer.
Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.
3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend.... except one. Which animal does not attend?
Correct Answer: The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there. This tests your memory.
Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.
4. There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and you do not have a boat. How do you manage it?
Correct Answer: You jump into the river and swim across. Have you not been listening? All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting.
2014-03-09 09:29:54 PM  
1 vote:

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.

The way you described it makes it sound random.
2014-03-09 09:16:38 PM  
1 vote:
The task is learning how to operate a new electronic device.
Of course they're "smarter" at that.
2014-03-09 09:00:57 PM  
1 vote:
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2014-03-09 09:00:08 PM  
1 vote:

Splish: Basically they constantly changed the rules of the game so that what was a winning move last round now isn't

Welcome to the 21st Century American economy.
2014-03-09 08:55:09 PM  
1 vote:
Wait, so I just read the article. Basically they constantly changed the rules of the game so that what was a winning move last round now isn't, and some new random combination is now a winner? Isn't this like asking them to take a multiple choice test without telling them they're suppose to pick any answer other than the correct one?
2014-03-09 08:45:03 PM  
1 vote:
FTA: "Now, scientists say a preschooler's way of thinking -- having more flexible and less biased ideas about cause and effect -- can help them outperform adults in figuring out how unusual toys and gadgets work."

On the other hand, I rather enjoy having experience to draw on when making decisions.

"Why did you throw the iPad in the bathtub?"
"I wanted to see what would happen."
2014-03-09 08:41:19 PM  
1 vote:
The face of you is the blicket!
2014-03-09 08:15:30 PM  
1 vote:
I'm reminded of this every time I spend time with the grandkids.
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