Can Young Children Understand Complex Science?

June 5th, 2017

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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 Kelemen and coresearchers created a 10-page picture storybook about pilosas, a group of fictional mammals with long trunks. Then they read it aloud to five- to eight-year-olds.

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