Sannolikhet och statistik hos små barn

En amerikansk forskargrupp har tittat på vad barn lär sig i mycket tidig ålder utan att vi vet om det. Det rapporterar tidskriften Science i artikeln Foundations for a New Science of Learning.

We have a computer between our shoulders and our brains are taking in statistics all the time without our knowing it. Babies learn simply by listening, for example. They learn the sounds and words of their language by picking up probabilistic information as they listen to us talk to them. Babies at 8 months are calculating statistically and learning. säger en av forskarna. Men det finns begränsningar,

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