This is over a week old now, but just now I finally found time to watch this 3 minutes of video on this post over at Baby Babble. If you have a toddler in the house, it’s pretty interesting. The question that researchers were trying to answer was this: do toddlers live only in the present, or do they plan for the future — anticipate events — like adults do? The answer actually has real consequences on how a parent interacts with their child. How you teach them, especially when regards to learning from their mistakes, is impacted. One of Amazon’s many blogs is on the case with this, linking to some research at the University of Colorado at Boulder:
Amazon’s entry has the embedded video, so I’m not going to bother. It’s pretty interesting. I’ll try to remember this with my own toddler.