Preschoolers vs. College Students

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Story Updated: Mar 17, 2014

A college education may lead to higher learning but new research finds that when it comes to playing games, preschoolers already do it better.

A new toy experiment- published in the journal Cognition found that 4 and 5-year olds are actually quicker to learn offbeat games than college students.

106 preschoolers and 170 college undergrads all attempted to figure out a block game called "Blickets" in which the goal is to cause a box to light up and play music.

Turns out kids were much quicker than adults to realize that it took a combination of cube, pyramid, cylinder, and ball shapes rather than any single block alone to do the trick.

Overall, experts found that kids demonstrated greater flexibility with the notion of cause and effect... and a more instinctive appreciation for less obvious patterns of play.

In short, children showed a greater facility for learning from their mistakes and for searching for answers in unlikely places either because of an innate agilility or because they have yet to be hamstrung by adult preconceptions.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with news from today that can lead to healthy tomorrows.

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