“Adults are able to distinguish between choices and are oftentimes more likely to select the first one. This is called primacy bias,” says the study’s lead author, Emily Sumner, a doctoral candidate in cognitive sciences at the University of California, Irvine. “But kids, particularly toddlers under three, who may not know language as well, demonstrate a recency bias when responding to questions verbally, meaning the last choice presented is more often selected. This area hasn’t been studied in children before, so this is fascinating to pinpoint.”

For the full story, please visit https://www.futurity.org/recency-bias-toddlers-choices-2114672-2/.

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