The Loh Down On Science

Kid's No Fool

Watch yourself. Toddlers are keeping their eyes on you.

Does it ever feel like toddlers, with their beady little eyes, are somehow judging you? Well they are!

This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia recently staged a puppet show for three- and four-year-olds. For each child, a human-like hand puppet named Jenny displayed a familiar object--say a toy car--and described it accurately.

Meanwhile, her costar puppet Ben. . . fibbed. He'd show a toy horse, for example, and call it a cat.

Each puppet presented four objects.

Then the duo presented a pair of unfamiliar objects simultaneously, like a fishing lure and a garlic press. Both described their object as a "Ferber."

The children were then instructed to point out the ferber.

Three out of every four times, the kids chose Jenny's ferber over Liar Ben's. They clearly knew Ben was NOT to be trusted.

Researchers say that the study shows even the youngest of humans continually monitor the credibility of others.

And yet, toddlers fully believe in a giant purple dinosaur leaping around singing how fun it is to eat vegetables. They're funny that way!


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