Cognitive capacity of very young children

Jacques Mehler, Thomas G. Bever

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Children between 2 years, 6 months old and 3 years, 2 months old correctly discriminate the relative number of objects in two rows; between 3 years, 2 months and 4 years, 6 months they indicate a longer row with fewer objects to have "more"; after 4 years, 6 months they again discriminate correctly. The discriminative ability of the younger children shows that the logical capacity for cognitive operations exists earlier than previously acknowledged.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-142
Number of pages2
Issue number3797
StatePublished - 1967

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