Turn Your Child Into a Science Whiz

May 28th, 2015

whiz-1Deborah 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 began to apply it to other examples. What other feats of learning, wondered Kelemen, might kids be capable of? With more than $1 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, the professor of psychological & brain sciences and the director of CAS’ Child Cognition Lab is finding out. She shared with arts&sciences what her work reveals about children’s understanding of science—and how parents and teachers can better help them.

Click here to read the full article in Boston University’s Arts and Sciences.