Children as Young as 18 Months able to Reason Abstractly
Experiments at the University of California, Berkeley, children as young as 18 months were able to figure out the relationship between colored blocks, a feat that eluded children who were only a few years older. In the experiment, the child watched as two blocks were placed on top of a box. If the blocks were identical, music would play. The majority were able to figure out the pattern after just three times. Scientists found that older kids tend to focus on objects instead of the relationship between them. It appears that very small children can reason abstractly whereas older children are stuck on the concreteness of things.
By Jordan Moses
Click here to read more about "Children as Young as 18 Months able to Reason Abstractly" at NPR News