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Deborah Kelemen and fellow researchers discovered that children are able to grasp complex scientific concepts like adaptation by natural selection at a younger age than previously thought. Recent research indicates that children can understand complex scientific concepts—like natural selection—far beyond what anyone would have expected. To test this, cognitive developmental psychologist Deborah... More
Child psychology studies have found a human bias toward the theory of intelligent design and pose a solution: teach evolution earlier. Evolution remains misunderstood by students and even science teachers, and although it is a mandatory program in the majority of the UK and the United States more than a third... More
Science frequently challenges our intuitive understanding of the world. Even as an adult, I am constantly confronted with new scientific advancements and discoveries that don’t always line up with my preconceived notions. Such ideas are considered counterintuitive because they present themselves in ways that are counter to one’s intuitive notions... More
Deborah Kelemen was astonished: in her 2014 study, many five-year-olds and most seven-year-olds grasped the concept of natural selection, a topic usually reserved for teenagers. Thanks to an educational picture book Kelemen helped create about fictional mammals, her study participants (ages five to eight) absorbed the complex biological theory—and even... More
Research done by the CCL was recently covered in the Times of London. Click the link below to view a PDF of the article! CCL Covered in Times of London
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Evolution by natural selection is one of the best ideas in all of science. It predicts and explains an incredibly wide range of biological facts. But only 60% of Americans believe evolution is true. This may partly be due to religious ideology, of course, but studies show that many secular... More
Young children are notorious for their surfeit of why questions, often directed at aspects of the biological world. Take a three-year-old to the zoo, for example, and you might be asked to explain why zebras have stripes, why elephants have trunks and why flamingos have such skinny legs. (Also: why you can't... More
Are we hard-wired to believe we’re IMMORTAL? Belief that we are eternal is part of human nature and develops during childhood
People across the world, regardless of their religion or culture, believe that humans are immortal, according to research. A new study has shed some light on people’s beliefs that a person's soul or essence transcends the physical body’s death. Scientists think the belief that part of us is eternal emerges early... More
New research says moral bias against suicide often comes from disgust over a tainted soul. MATTHEW HUTSON Around the world, about one million people die of suicide each year, according to the World Health Organization. Each death causes immeasurable harm: Friends, family members, and coworkers suffer loss, guilt, and confusion, and the... More