Babies can learn the value of hard work

18 Oct 2017
Posted By: SG   |   Source: Science Daily   |   URL:


As parents, we sometimes feel that we need to make things look easy to our children, in case it might worry them to see us struggling. But a new study has found that even babies as young as 15 months will try harder at their own difficult task if they see an adult having to work hard to achieve something.

Julia Leonard and Laura Schulz, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “were interested in studying how children might learn, at a very early age, how to decide when to try hard and when it’s not worth the effort. Schulz’ previous work has shown that babies can learn causal relationships from just a few examples”.

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