A new study has found that intuition helps kids learn more, as young children who rely on intuition and context clues to interpret other people’s thoughts and actions have a tendency to be better selective learners.
“Mind reading” is something that everyone does to some degree, including young children. Researchers from Concordia University and the University of Ottawa conducted an experiment which determined that children who are more intuitive tend to absorb information better from trustworthy people and disregard information from those who are less trustworthy.
“We already know that some preschoolers are more likely to learn from individuals with a history of making accurate claims over individuals who have been inaccurate or ignorant,” senior study author Diane Poulin-Dubois, a psychology professor at Concordia said.
The study was published in the British Journal of developmental Psychology. 65 preschoolers were given tests which measured ability to understand their own mental state and the mental state of others.
Results showed that children with higher test scores were more likely to see the difference in information based on trustworthiness rather than appearance.