Can you train a kid to hate sugar? Karl Duncker was a psychologist prowling around Britain in the 1930s. He was a master researcher on peer pressure who offered London children fictional “hemlock” to see if he could sway them to avoid sugar.
Remember the twisted experiment to see what happens when kids think they've broken a treasured toy? The doctor in charge of that study also studied children's responses to a creepy "Risk Room." Their behavior in the room revealed surprising things about the child's future behavior.
Do you know when children start to feel guilt? Scientists at the University of Iowa do, because of this little experiment. They gave children a toy, told them that the toy was very special to them, and asked the child to be extremely careful with it. Then the toy broke.
For some people, parenting is a dream. For others, an obligation. For scientists, parenting is an opportunity. And if that opportunity requires them to wear a mask and do scientific tickling, that only makes it better.
The Stanford Marshmallow Experiment was designed to assess delayed gratification in children, and it is the single most adorable psychological test ever created.
Babies may not be able to clean or feed themselves, but they're pretty damn remarkable at a number of other things (things besides being pudgy and adorable). For instance, psychologists at NYU recently demonstrated that children as young as nine months old are also capable of differentiating between speech and…
Babies are easy to underestimate. This is understandable; after all, when most of us interact with an infant, we see a clumsy, messy creature — one more adept at stringing together strange gurgling noises than distinct consonants and vowels.
Babies are already way more adorable and beloved than other humans, but at least we old-timers could scoff at infants and proudly declare, "My senses of fairness and altruism are way better developed than yours!" Well...I've got some bad news.
If you give a kid a choice between a healthy and a sugary cereal, the kid will tend to choose the healthy option. But what if you stick a beloved cartoon character on the box? Then all bets are off.